My goodness, have you heard the news? Royal renegades Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are starting a podcast! Millennials, right? Not just any old podcast, though – the couple have signed on to Spotify to create their own production company, 'Archewell Audio'. Oof, even the name smells like money.
The two seem to be taking a leaf out of the Obamas' book: Michelle Obama signed a podcast deal with Spotify earlier this year, and The Michelle Obama Podcast dropped back in July. On their new project, the Sussexes say: "What we love about podcasting is that it reminds all of us to take a moment and to really listen, to connect to one another without distraction." Indeed.
And not to be rude, but do you think they're ready? I mean, Podcasting is competitive, alright? Dolly Parton podcasts. When it comes to this business, you need an edge. We want to help, so we've compiled a quick list of what we're keen to see the Sussexes to cover. You're welcome.
1. How Meghan Wears Her Tops So Good
It's only fair that Meghan gives us a rundown of wherever she gets her tastefully oversized collection of button downs. Whether it's the pinstripe one she wore while pretending to enjoy Wimbledon, this artfully-cuffed white one or this silky green situation, we demand to know everything about the sartorial staple.
2. Literally What They Do All Day
Given that they're now Sussexes of leisure kicking back in LA, we'd love to know how Meghan and Harry whiled away the hours in 2020. Did they dive into a bunch of unhinged Netflix content? Follow Rohit Roy's TikTok journey? Or simply practice their podcast banter? All of the above, we hope!
3. Harry's Ancestors
As we know, the couple's one-year-old bub is named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Cute name! A fun fact is that the little guy is the descendant of Lord Mountbatten, whose plan to split the Indian subcontinent into India and Pakistan in the 1940s resulted in an unimaginable bloodshed. I'm talking slaughterhouse. The British government responded to the violence with "complete indifference" and "secret satisfaction". (All of this happened just 70 years ago).
Harry reportedly had an "awakening" on racism earlier this year, at the age of 36. "When you look across the Commonwealth, there is no way that we can move forward unless we acknowledge the past," he said. "It's not going to be easy and in some cases it's not going to be comfortable but it needs to be done." Good for you, Harry! Let's lean it to that discomfort for the new podcast, shall we? Let's lean in.
UPDATE December 30, 2020: The first episode of Archewell Audio's very own podcast has officially dropped. You can have a listen here.
Written by Reena Gupta, a Melbourne-based writer at MTV Australia. Follow her at @purpletank