Meghan & Harry latest – Couple launch Archewell website with nod to Diana as podcast is beaten by sleep show on Spotify

MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry shared a touching nod to Prince Diana today as they launched the website for Archewell.

The pair, who split from the Royal Family at the start of the year, unveiled the full site for the foundation as they called for "compassion".

They shared pictures of Harry with Diana and Meghan with her mum, Doria Ragland, alongside a short letter to 2021.

Harry and Meghan have also announced partnerships between their foundation and several tech and research-focused groups to pursue their aims.

It comes as the couple’s new £30million podcast series had a slumbering start — charting below a show designed to send listeners to sleep.

Their first Archewell Audio offering went in at a lowly 17th on the Spotify listings — three places behind Deep Sleep Sounds, featuring whale and sea noises.

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  • Martha Cliff

    THESE ARE MEG’S NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

    The former actress previously admitted that nail biting and swearing make her list of New Year's resolutions every year without fail.

    On her now-defunct lifestyle blog The Tig, the Duchess of Sussex, 38, revealed her struggle to give up the two very un-royal qualities back in January 2016, according to the Daily Telegraph.

    She wrote: "These make my New Year's resolution list nearly (AKA actually every) single year.

    "The swearing comes in lulls triggered by being overworked or feeling mighty cheeky after a couple drinks.

    "And when it comes to the biting of the nails — well, it still happens with a turbulent flight or a stressful day.

    "It's unladylike. But then again, so is the swearing. Dammit."

  • Martha Cliff

    MEGHAN LOVES THESE £20 TIGHTS

    The Duchess of Sussex is said to be a huge fan of Heist tights – and although they are £21, they're worth the hefty price tag.

    The nude designs are available in seven different shades and feature a mega comfy waistband that doesn't dig or roll as well as a stronger, eco-friendly yarn.

    They're "gravity defining" with no gusset – and therefore no sagging – as well as being seamless, soft and hand-sewn.

    The brand also sell a range of other tights, but it's thought to be the nude style Meghan wears, thanks to their mega natural look.

  • Martha Cliff

    MEGHAN & HARRY’S EXISTENCE IS ‘POINTLESS IN SELF-EXILE’

    Royal expert Hugo Vickers made the harsh comments following complaints from listeners that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s newly released Archewell podcast is “dull and preachy.”

    Speaking to the Telegraph of the couple’s decision to “isolate” himself from his family by relocating to Santa Barbara, he said: “It's a pointless existence in self-exile.”

    Vickers went on to compare the Sussexes to Prince William and Kate Middleton who threw their support behind the NHS this summer.

    He continued: “During the NHS clapping, I thought how, after the Cambridges clapped, it would have been great to have heard from him.”

  • Martha Cliff

    SOMETHING IN COMMON

    Meghan’s son Archie and Princess Eugenie’s baby could have something in common when the tot arrives next year.

    If Eugenie decides to give birth in the same hospital that she was born in back in 1990, then the new royal baby and Archie Harrison will immediately share a similar story.

    Meghan welcomed Archie, one, in London's The Portland Hospital back in May 2019.

    Meanwhile, Eugenie and her sister, Princess Beatrice, were also born in the American-owned hospital.

    In fact, when Sarah Ferguson gave birth to eldest daughter Beatrice in August 1988, it made her the first member of the royal family to give birth in a non-NHS hospital.

  • Martha Cliff

    WE 'WILL SEE MORE OF MEG AND HARRY IN 2021'

    Speaking to Vanity Fair, sources close to the couple said Meghan and Harry are "optimistic and excited" for the future after a "rollercoaster" year.

    Discussing what 2021 has in store for the couple, the insider claimed: "We will see more of them and in a different way to how we saw them as working royals.

    "It will be more in line with who they are and the way they want to operate from now on."

  • Martha Cliff

    MEGHAN & HARRY MAY RETURN TO UK IN 2021

    The couple could be set to make a return to the UK next year as the couple are hoping to come back for Prince Philip’s 100th birthday, according to reports.

    The Duke of Edinburgh will mark his milestone birthday on 10th June, and it is understood that his grandson Harry is keen to make the occasion, according to the Telegraph.

    The paper reports, “If coronavirus restrictions allow, the Royal Family will certainly gather for a private celebration, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are hoping to fly over from California to attend.”

  • Martha Cliff

    ARCHIE IS LIVING AN ‘ENID BLYTON LIFE’

    Analysing the Sussexes' latest Christmas card, body language expert Judi James claims the couple have made a conscious effort to protect their privacy while also presenting an idealised version of their new life in California.

    She told Fabulous: "This digitalised picture seems to glorify the Enid Blyton-style childhoods of vintage storybooks, suggesting a very besotted-looking Harry and Meghan are set on creating a look of idyllic, rustic intimacy rather than posing up the garden in their multi-million dollar mansion.

    "There is a suggestion from the pose that Meghan wants to contain and protect her precious family unit. Harry sits inside the tiny playhouse here, holding his face close to Archie’s and grinning at his son, who he holds with both hands."

  • Martha Cliff

    MEGHAN’S SNACKING HABITS REVEALED

    Meghan has spoken a fair bit about her diet in the past, and confirmed that one of her go-to healthy snacks is watermelon.

    In a past interview, she said: “On set and at home, I try to always have a container of watermelon sprinkled with cinnamon because it elevates the flavour just a notch, and makes it feel special."

    The mum-of-one also prefers a healthy drink to gorging on takeaways.

    Speaking of her fast food choices, she told The Chalkboard in a past chat: "A green juice. That’s fast. And it’s food. It’s been many moons since I went through a drive thru."

  • Martha Cliff

    MEGHAN MAY WRITE A NOVEL

    An insider has claimed Meghan Markle wants to follow in Prince Charles and Sarah Ferguson's footsteps and give fiction writing a go.

    An insider said: "Fiction is something she has always wanted to try her hand at, and she could be assured that anything she writes would sell well, regardless of its quality.

    "Fiction, be it children's books or adult, would be a powerful way of conveying the messages of their woke brand."

  • Martha Cliff

    ARCHIE PICKS UP MEG’S AMERICAN ACCENT

    Archie could be heard speaking for the first time when he wished listeners a Happy New Year on his parents Archewell podcast.

    And listeners heard how the tot had picked up his mum’s American accent.

    Experts at Spoons voices said: “There are a number of studies that suggest children pick up accents from the environment they're in or people they're around the most. 

    “Archie could be spending loads of time with mama Meghan hence a slight leaning towards her accent. 

    “The great thing is that having to recognise the same words pronounced in different ways will supercharge young Archie's ability to map and connect words to meanings.”

  • Sarah Grealish

    MEGAN AND HARRY COULD HAVE ‘£1BILLION US BUSINESS EMPIRE’

    Experts reckon Harry and Meghan’s Spotify deal is another leap towards what could be a £1billion business empire in the US.

    It follows a rumoured £100million deal with Netflix to make documentaries.

    Meghan, 39, and Harry, 36, signed the lucrative deal to host and produce podcasts for Archewell Audio.

    And the couple enlisted the help of A-lister friends including Elton John and James Corden for their first episode as they discussed what had kept them motivated during 2020.

  • Sarah Grealish

    XMAS IS OVER, BUT YOU CAN WATCH FESTIVE FILMS LIKE THE QUEEN

    According to legendary actor Brian Blessed, Her Majesty is a huge fan of the movie Flash Gordon – which he starred in in 1980.

    Speaking to Yahoo Movies earlier this year, the actor, 84, claimed Her Majesty rewatches the sci-fi film every year at Christmas.

    He said: “[Flash Gordon]is her favourite film, she watches it with her grandchildren every Christmas.”

    The sci-fi movie follows the adventures of quarterback Flash as he ventures into space to unite the planet Mongo and save Earth from destruction.

    Impersonating The Queen, the actor joked: “You know, we watch Flash Gordon all the time, me and the grandchildren.’

  • Sarah Grealish

    SUSSEXES TO UNITE WITH TWO AIDES WHO LOST THEIR JOBS DUE TO MEGXIT

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have reunited with two aides who lost their jobs during ‘Megxit’ as the Sussexes go on a hiring spree.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have re-hired former palace staffers Clara Loughran and Beth Herlihy to work for their non-profit organisation Archewell.

    Both women, aged in their 30s, lost their jobs when Harry and Meghan stepped back as senior members of the Royal Family.

    The Sussexes have also hired employees in the United States – including a head of communications, a press secretary and a chief of staff, the Daily Mail reports.

  • Sarah Grealish

    MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry have launched the website for their foundation Archewell today – with a touching nod to Princess Diana.

    The pair, who split from the Royal Family at the start of the year, unveiled their full site for the “impact-driven non-profit” organisation.

    They shared pictures of Harry with Diana and Meghan with her mum, Doria Ragland, alongside a short letter to 2021.

    It says: “I am my mother’s son. And I am our son’s mother. Together we bring you Archewell. We believe in the best of humanity. Because we have seen the best of humanity. We have experienced compassion and kindness.

    “From our mothers and strangers alike. In the face of fear, struggle and pain, it can be easy to lose sight of this.

    “Together, we can choose courage, healing, and connection. Together, we can choose to put compassion in action. We invite you to join us. As we work to build a better world. One act of compassion at a time.”

    Credit: Archewell
  • Sarah Grealish

    HARRY AND MEGAN ARE STILL BARELY SPEAKING TO WILLIAM AND KATE, SOURCES CLAIM

    PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle are still barely speaking to Prince William and Kate Middleton and face a “very awkward” encounter when the ‘Frosty Four’ reunite, royal sources claim.

    The Royal Family has a packed diary of big events in the coming year that the Sussexes would look rude to miss – not least the unveiling of a statue of Princess Diana that Wills and Harry commissioned together.

    Royal sources suggest the two couples are still barely talking – and if anything have grown further apart.

    “I think it’s going to be very awkward if they do meet up,” Phil Dampier, author of Royally Suited: Harry and Meghan In Their Own Words, told The Sun Online.

    “From what I am told the rift is not a lot better at the moment – they are not talking a lot.

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  • Sarah Grealish

    ARCHIE IS LIVING AN ‘ENID BLYTON CHILDHOOD’ WITH MEGHAN MARKLE, SAYS EXPERT

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex delighted royal fans when they shared a sweet illustration of themselves posing in the garden of their Montecito mansion with 19-month-old son Archie.

    A spokesperson for the couple confirmed that the drawing – which was shared by animal charity Mayhew – was based on a photo Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland took of them at their £11m home in California.

    Analysing the Sussexes’ latest card, body language expert Judi James claims the couple have made a conscious effort to protect their privacy while also presenting an idealised version of their new life in California.

    She told Fabulous: “This digitalised picture seems to glorify the Enid Blyton-style childhoods of vintage storybooks, suggesting a very besotted-looking Harry and Meghan are set on creating a look of idyllic, rustic intimacy rather than posing up the garden in their multi-million dollar mansion.

    Credit: Reuters
  • Sarah Grealish

    HARRY AND MEGHAN REVEAL MEANING BEHIND WEDDING SONG

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have revealed the poignant reason behind playing the song This Little Light Of Mine at their wedding. 

    Speaking on their new Archewell podcast, the Duchess of Sussex, 39, said: “It was the music that we wanted playing when we started our lives together.”

    Meghan said: “This Little Light of Mine played at the very end of our wedding…while we were walking down the steps of the church.

    “It was the music that we wanted playing when we started our lives together. Because as we all know, ‘darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that…”

    Wrapping up their debut podcast episode, Meghan explained: “No matter what life throws at you guys, trust us when we say, love wins.”  

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  • Sarah Grealish

    ACTIVIST WHO ONCE APPEARED WITH MEGHAN MARKLE IS JAILED FOR NEARLY SIX YEARS

    An activist who once appeared with campaigners alongside Meghan Markle and fought for the right for women to drive in Saudi Arabia has been jailed for nearly six years.

    Loujain al-Hathloul has already been caged inside a maximum security prison for more than two years.

    The 31 year old was among several activists detained in 2018 on “trumped-up terror charges” including making contact with organisations “hostile” to her homeland.

    In 2016, she attended a One Young World humanitarian summit in Canada with Meghan, Emma Watson, Cher and Justin Trudeau.

    In one picture Meghan was seen in a group of four posing by a lake with Loujain, the poet Fatima Bhutto and former president of Ireland Mary Robinson.

  • Sarah Grealish

    MEGHAN AND HARRY TO ‘TACKLE ISSUES LIKE GENDER EQUALITY IN PODCASTS’

    Meghan and Harry have revealed the issues they will tackle in their podcasts after moving to seek copyright protection from their new entertainment empire.

    They’ve just signed a money-spinning deal with streaming giant Spotify and eight days ago filed documents with the US Patent and Trademark Office to protect Archewell Audio.

    The couple lodged documents to prevent others cashing in on the name.

    US copyright attorneys are already looking over papers from the couple asking for exclusive rights to their charity Archewell and Archewell Foundation.

    And official papers filed regarding Archewell Audio revealed it will provide: “Downloadable podcasts, audio programs, and audio books, all in the field of current and topical events, education, science, literature, racial justice, gender equity, environmental stewardship, youth empowerment, health, mental health, and commentary on topics of current and general interest.”

  • Jon Rogers

    AMAZON TO JOIN PODCAST BUSINESS

    Following Harry and Meghan's deal with Spotify Amazon is now buying its way into the podcast business.

    The online shopping giant is buying Wondery, a 4-year-old producer of popular true crime podcasts such as Dr. Death and Dirty John, which was later turned into a TV series.

    An explosion of new podcasts has led to a number of acquisitions as competing platforms try to grow their audiences and their ad revenue. The music streaming platform Spotify bought two podcast companies in 2019 and it's added high-profile hosts to its roster, including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

    Wondery podcasts will be part of Amazon's music streaming service, but it will still be available on other platforms as well.

  • Jon Rogers

    QUEEN TO 'CLIP THE WINGS' OF HARRY

    The Queen will "clip the wings" of Prince Harry so he can return to royal duties, an expert has claimed.

    Royal expert Russell Myers has claimed the Queen will want to "clip the wings" of Harry and Meghan Markle as they become increasingly popular in the US.

    Myers told Nine Honey: "I don't think they will ban him from coming back.

    "Harry is a very popular member of the family however they do want to clip their wings a little bit.

    "They have launched this juggernaut persona, they're very, very popular in the states.

    "They've been signing these big-money deals and it needs to work for both parties."

  • Sarah Grealish

    MEGHAN HAS A 'CALLING AT HEART' TO BE A WRITER

    One royal commentator has said Meghan Markle has a “calling at heart” to be a writer.

    During the Royally Obsessed podcast, Rachel Bowie and Roberta Fiorito discussed the Duchess of Sussex’s previous written work on food.

    Ms Fiorito stated that Meghan demonstrated a talent for descriptive writing, saying: “She is a food writer at heart for sure. I feel like this was her calling.”

  • Sarah Grealish

    MEGHAN COULD WRITE A NOVEL, INSIDER CLAIMS

    An insider has claimed Meghan Markle wants to follow in Prince Charles and Sarah Ferguson's footsteps and give fiction writing a go.

    An insider said: "Fiction is something she has always wanted to try her hand at, and she could be assured that anything she writes would sell well, regardless of its quality.

    "Fiction, be it children's books or adult, would be a powerful way of conveying the messages of their woke brand."

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  • Sarah Grealish

    MYSTERIOUS MESSAGES

    Meghan's supposed best mate Jessica Mulroney wrote a message to her Instagram followers about loyalty, and some are wondering if it was a hit at the royal.

    The fashion stylist, 40, who was dropped by her employers earlier this year after getting into a row with a black influencer, posted the message on her Instagram Story before deleting it.

    It read: “Some people aren't loyal to you. They are loyal to their need of you. Once their needs change, so does their loyalty.”

    Jessica, who lives in Toronto, Canada, where Meghan used to be, added underneath: “And with that, Merry Christmas y’all.”

    The message comes just weeks after sources close to Jessica denied her and Meghan were drifting apart as friends.

  • Sarah Grealish

    MEG AND HARRY WANT TO RETURN FOR THESE OCCASIONS

    Royal biographer Andrew Morton claims, if coronavirus restrictions allow, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would like to return to the UK for three main occasions.

    They are the the Queen’s 95th birthday on April 21, the Duke of Edinburgh’s 100th birthday in June, and the unveiling of a statue of late Princess Diana on July 1, on what would've been her 60th birthday.

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