Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have made their first public appearance after announcing they are expecting their second child.
After sharing on Valentine’s Day that they are expecting their second child and Buckingham Palace’s confirmation last week that the couple won’t return as working members of the royal family, Meghan and Harry made a surprise appearance at Spotify’s Stream On event on Monday, Feb 22.
The couple appeared on their couch in their Santa Barbara, California, home to talk about Archewell Audio, the production company they formed late last year that will create podcasts exclusively on Spotify.
Meghan donned a sleeveless lemon-print Oscar de la Renta dress as she sat beside her husband.
As the song “Electric Love” by Børns plays, Meghan says: “We’re using podcasting to drive powerful conversations…”
Before Harry continues, “…that inspire, challenge and educate.”
“We created Archewell Audio to make sure that we can elevate voices that maybe aren’t being heard and hear people’s stories,” Meghan says.
Harry adds, “And the biggest part of this is to create this community of where you can share, that will encourage everybody else to then share their own vulnerabilities within that safe space.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex kicked off Archewell Audio by asking high-profile friends like Elton John, Tyler Perry, Stacey Abrams, James Corden and more to reflect on 2020 in a holiday special. They even had son Archie, 1, to take a turn at the microphone!
“You can speak into it,” Prince Harry told Archie.
“Archie, is it fun?” Meghan said, to which Archie responds, “Fun?” Then Meghan repeated, “Fun!”
Archie gave a special message to listeners, with help from his parents.
“After me. Ready? Happy…” Harry said, to which Archie repeats, “Happy.”
Meghan and Harry then said, “New…”
And Archie completes the message: “New Year” — and his parents cheer as Archie giggles.