You’re never too young to start your own podcast. Just ask 20-month-old Archie Mountbatten, who made his podcasting debut in the first episode of mum Meghan Markle and dad Prince Harry’s new Spotify series, Archewell Audio, released this morning. The toddler wished listeners a Happy New Year (with a little prompting from his parents) at the end of a star-studded Holiday Special to mark the conclusion of 2020 — a moment we’ve all been waiting for/trying to hibernate until since at least March.
Archewell Audio’s premiere episode featured appearances from big stars and big thinkers from all over the globe, sharing their messages of hope and perseverance for a better 2021 (fingers and everything else crossed). The debut was the first podcasting installment in Harry and Meghan’s deal with Spotify.
Sir Elton John, Tyler Perry, James Corden, tennis star Naomi Osaka, activist Rachel Cargle, author Brené Brown and more virtually joined the royal couple to share “a collection of personal anecdotes and inspirational stories” from the past year, submitting audio diaries for the episode instead of arranging multiple awkward Zoom calls. (We love you Zoom, but we can’t wait til you’re no longer a part of our daily lives.) “As we all know, it’s been a YEAR,” said the Duke, “And we really want to honour the compassion and kindness that has helped so many people get through it,” going on to thank the frontline workers who got us all through 2020.
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A-list guests aside, the highlight came during the last few minutes of the episode. In the audio, the youngest royal podcaster is encouraged by Harry to "speak into [the microphone]" then confirms to his mother that podcasting is "fun" and repeats the words, "Happy," and, "New," after his parents, finishing with, "Year," himself. Archie’s well wishes were followed by a volley of giggles from both the baby and his obviously proud parents. The trio signed off with an uplifting song that holds a special place in their hearts: "This Little Light of Mine," the gospel song played at the end of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s May 2018 wedding ceremony.
The song, explained Markle, “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,” she added, quoting Martin Luther King Jr., “'Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that.'"
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