Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are seen for the first time since announcing their pregnancy
Prince Harry and his pregnant wife Meghan Markle have made their first appearance since quitting the royal family and announcing their second child together.
The couple, who were last Friday stripped of their remaining royal titles and patronages, recorded a 20-second video to plug their Archewell Audio podcast at a Spotify live stream event broadcast today.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex last year announced they had secured a deal with the music streaming giant, thought to be worth up to £30million. It was commercial deals such as this that put the couple at odds with the impartiality required of those in public service and seemingly led to the permanent split with the Firm.
In the brief appearance, Meghan, 39, gushes that they are ‘using podcasting to drive powerful conversations’, before Harry, 36, chimes in ‘that inspire, challenge and educate’.
‘We created Archwell audio to make sure we can elevate voices that maybe aren’t being heard and hear people’s stories,’ Meghan, who was wearing a £2,645 Oscar de la Renta dress, continues.
Harry finishes: ‘And the biggest part of this is trying to create this community of where you can share, that will encourage everybody else to then share their own vulnerabilities in that safe space.’
It comes just hours after it emerged Harry and Meghan’s incendiary interview with their friend Oprah Winfrey may have to be re-edited or even partially re-shot due to the rift it has caused with the royal family and 99-year-old Prince Philip’s hospitalisation.
Prince Harry and his pregnant wife Meghan Markle have made their first appearance since announcing their second child together and permanently severing their ties with the royal family
Harry and Meghan are said to be in shock because the Queen stripped them of their royal and sporting patronages after they ‘poured their hearts out’ to Ms Winfrey during a two-day shoot in their £11million LA mansion last week.
The tell-all interview is due to air on Sunday March 7 with no topics off-limits with one source warning Harry’s family the show would be a good ‘time to hide behind the sofa at the palace’.
Today it was announced the Queen will steal a march on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and beat them to the airwaves by addressing the nation on TV supported by Prince Charles and Prince William just hours before the Sussexes’ interview.
Her Majesty was due to attend the annual Commonwealth Service on March 8 – but this has been cancelled for the first time in nearly half a century due to Covid-19, Westminster Abbey announced this morning.
Instead the Queen has chosen to share her annual message 24 hours earlier for A Celebration For Commonwealth Day, in a speech pre-recorded at Windsor Castle and broadcast on BBC One on Sunday March 7.
This will be shown to millions a few hours before Harry and Meghan’s intimate interview with Oprah Winfrey is being screened in a 90-minute special on CBS at 8pm EST in the US – around 1am UK time on Monday.
And in a show of unity with the monarch, Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, will also take part in the show hosted by Anita Rani, sharing their royal perspectives on the importance of Britain’s Commonwealth