Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

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eghan Markle and Prince Harry have made their first appearance since confirming they are expecting a second child, in a Spotify event to plug their upcoming podcast. Since taking a step back from royal duties, the couple has embarked on numerous partnerships, including a rumoured £112 million deal with Netflix, a podcast series with Spotify and the launch of the Archewell Foundation. In the Spotify event over a backdrop of a pristine white beach, Meghan says softly: “We’re using podcasting to drive powerful conversations.

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Harry, finishing her sentence, continues: “That inspire, challenge and educate.”

Meghan, sitting on a sofa next to her husband, explains the idea: “We created Archewell Audio to make sure that we can elevate voices that maybe aren’t being heard… and hear people’s stories.” Harry adds: “The biggest part of this is trying to create this community of where you can share (and) encourage everybody else to then share their own vulnerabilities within that safe space.” It was unclear when the video of Meghan, 39, and Harry, 36, was recorded.

It came days after Buckingham Palace released a stinging statement revealing that the Queen had confirmed they were stepping down from their roles. It read: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed to Her Majesty The Queen that they will not be returning as working members of the Royal Family. Following conversations with the Duke, the Queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of the royal family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service.”


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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend The Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle kiss on the steps of St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding in St George’s Chapel

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose with their newborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle announce their engagement in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a Wheelchair Tennis match during the Invictus Games 2017

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle announce their engagement in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during a walkabout on the esplanade at Edinburgh Castle

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet Pony Major Mark Wilkinson and regimental mascot Cruachan IV during a walkabout on the esplanade at Edinburgh Castle

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a Wheelchair Tennis match during the Invictus Games 2017 at Nathan Philips Square on 25 September 2017 in Toronto, Canada

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Prince Harry with girlfriend Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games in Toronto

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Prince Harry with girlfriend Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games in Toronto

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Prince Harry with girlfriend Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games in Toronto

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a Wheelchair Tennis match during the Invictus Games 2017 at Nathan Philips Square on 25 September 2017 in Toronto, Canada

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games in Toronto

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Prince Harry arrives with girlfriend actress Meghan Markle at the wheelchair tennis event during the Invictus Games in Toronto, Ontario

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Meghan Markle attends the Opening Ceremony of the 2017 Invictus Games at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a Wheelchair Tennis match during the Invictus Games 2017

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle announce their engagement in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Meghan Markle visits Nottingham for her first official public engagement with fiancee Prince Harry

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at the Nottingham Contemporary in Nottingham, to attend a Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair on their first official engagement together

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Meghan Markle arrives at the Terrance Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair at Nottingham Contemporary

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

The royal brothers and their partners on Christmas Day.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle listen to a broadcast through headphones during a visit to youth-orientated radio station, Reprezent FM, in Brixton

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive in Brixton,

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle visit Reprezent 107.3FM in Brixton

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle visit Reprezent 107.3FM in Brixton

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Loved up: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Cardiff Castle

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle attend a street dance class during their visit to Star Hub in during their visit to Star Hub on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will visit the people of Edinburgh

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive to attend the annual Endeavour Fund Awards

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive to attend the annual Endeavour Fund Awards

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a reception for young people at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

rince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle meet a Shetland Pony as they arrive at Edinburgh Castle in Edinburgh,

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Meghan Markle during a walkabout on the esplanade at Edinburgh Castle

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle speak with patrons at the Social Bite in Edinburgh

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on a walkabout during a visit to Millennium Point in Birmingham

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on a walkabout during a visit to Millennium Point in Birmingham

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet members of the public on a walkabout during a visit to Millennium Point in Birmingham

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet members of the public on a walkabout during a visit to Millennium Point in Birmingham

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

The Reverend Canon David Stanton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave after attending a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbet

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a reception with delegates from the Commonwealth Youth Forum at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ride in an Ascot Landau along the Long Walk after their wedding

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Harry and Meghan leaving Windsor Castle for the glamorous evening reception

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Harry and Meghan leaving Windsor Castle for the glamorous evening reception

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex head back down the Mall to Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour on June 9, 2018

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex talk to members of OneWave, an awareness group for mental health and wellbeing at South Bondi Beach on October 19, 2018 in Sydney, Australia.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex are seen during the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games in Sydney, Australia, 27 October 2018

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the Hubb Community Kitchen to see how funds raised by the ‘Together: Our Community’ Cookbook are making a difference at Al Manaar, North Kensington on November 21, 2018 in London

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Britain’s Prince Harry unveil a plaque to officially open Number 7, a ‘Feeding Birkenhead’ citizens supermarket and community cafe, at Pyramids Shopping Centre, as part of a visit to Birkenhead, northwest England, Monday Jan.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the National theatre in central London on January 30, 2019

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive for a visit to the Bristol Old Vic theatre, which is undergoing a multimillion-pound restoration

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (L) and Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, reacts as they visit Bristol Old Vic theatre in Bristol, south-west England on February 1, 2019

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R) and Britain’s Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (C) help volunteers in the kitchen as they pack food parcels to go in the charity outreach van during a visit to One25 charity in Bristol, south west England on February 1, 2019

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Britain’s Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive to attend the annual Endeavour Fund Awards at Drapers Hall in London on February 7, 2019

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex try some food during a cooking school demonstration at Villa des Ambassadors in Rabat on the third day of their tour of Morocco

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duke & Duchess of Sussex, pet a horse at the Moroccan Royal Federation of Equestrian Sports in Rabat on February 25, 2019

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Meghan Markle wearing a short Reiss dress on International Women’s Day

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend a Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House, where they meet young people who demonstrate a Canadian spring tradition of making maple taffy (maple syrup cooled on snow to make sweets) on March 11, 2019 in London

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess Of Sussex attend a Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House on March 11, 2019 in London

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

The Duchess of Cambridge (left) talks with the Duchess of Sussex (right) as they attend the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey,

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex hold their baby son in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle, Berkshire on 8 May 2019

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Archbishop Desmond Tutu kisses the forehead of baby Archie as his mother smiles on warmly

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive for a visit to the Auwal Mosque, the oldest mosque in South Africa, on day two of their tour of Africa.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend a roundtable discussion on gender equality with The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (QCT) and One Young World at Windsor Castle

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first appearance since announcing pregnancy as they plug podcast

Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex at The Fields of Remembrance in Westminster Abbey

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A spokesperson for Harry and Meghan hit back: “As evidenced by their work over the past year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex remain committed to their duty and service to the UK and around the world, and have offered their continued support to the organisations they have represented regardless of official role. “We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.”

The last part of the statement has angered some critics who felt the comment was “horribly disrespectful” to the Queen. It came as CBS revealed Harry and Meghan will do an intimate primetime interview with Oprah Winfrey. The wide-ranging interview is being screened in a 90-minute special on CBS at 8pm in the US on Sunday, which will be in the early hours of Monday UK time.

Harry and Meghan’s departure from their roles as working members of the Royal family was finalised last week when Buckingham Palace confirmed the Queen had stripped the couple of their royal patronages and Harry of his honorary military roles. They also lost their positions as president and vice-president of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (QCT). The royal family will be braced for what Harry and Meghan say in their first television interview since Megxit.

The pregnant duchess is expected to discuss “stepping into life as a royal, marriage, motherhood…to how she is handling life under intense public pressure”, before being joined by Harry to talk about their move to the US and their future plans.

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