Prince Harry and Megan Markle have signed a contract with Spotify.
After ending their royal duties and moving to California this year, the couple began various creative ventures and initiated legal proceedings against British tabloids for privacy violations.
They signed a deal with streaming giant Netflix in September to produce “influential” movies and series, and narrated a wildlife documentary on former television actress Markle Disney +.
Shares of Spotify, which has 144 million subscribers, rose 2 percent on Tuesday morning.
It has previously been signed by celebrity podcasters including Barack, Michelle Obama and Kim Kardashian West.
The company did not say how much the deal with the Royals would cost.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex said in a statement, “What we love about podcasting is that it reminds us all to take a moment and really pay attention.”
In an introductory trailer, the prince introduces himself: “Hi guys, I’m Harry.”
He says their podcasts “bring forward different perspectives and sounds that you have never heard before.”
Markle adds that podcasts “celebrate kindness and compassion.”
Launched in Sweden in 2008, Spotify is one of the most popular audio streaming subscription services in the world.
Don Ostroff, Spotify’s chief content and advertising business officer, said in a statement: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex may live in California, but the power of their voices lies in being citizens of the world.”
The company has announced that Harry and Megan will be releasing a holiday special this month that will feature stories of hope and compassion from inspiring guests.
Their first complete series will be available next year.
“The Challenges of 2020” made it especially important to listen to everyone’s stories, “reminding us how we all relate to each other,” the couple said.
“A lot of people have experienced a lot of pain this year,” Harry said.
The Duchess wrote a first-person commentary New York Times In November about her second miscarriage.
The couple will host and produce podcasts through the recently created company Arkwell Audio. – AFP
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