Meghan & Harry latest – Prince 'trying to sound COOL & sexy' by dropping posh voice on £30m Spotify podcast with Archie

PRINCE Harry appears to have dropped his plummy accent to speak in "Estuary English" on his new £30m Spotify podcast.

According to behavioural expert Judi James, Harry did everything he could to sound cool during the podcast, changing his voice to sound "pretty much mid-everything: mid-Atlantic, mid-London and mid-Estuary English".

Estuary English is the modern variant of a traditional working class London accent which formed when those with "cockney" accents moved out on south and east London into areas along the Thames estuary.

Famous speakers include the likes of Russell Brand, James Cordon and Ricky Gervais – with Judi suggesting at points that Harry's pronunciation "would probably sound right in the Queen Vic in EastEnders".

She picked out his pronunciation of 2020 as "twenny-twenny", want to as "wanna" and look as "luck" as perfect examples of Harry's new way of speaking which she described as "newly seductive".

Harry isn't the only one to show off a new accent on the podcast, however, with son Archie appearing to have an American accent when the privacy-obsessed pair dragged him on to wish listeners "happy new year".

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  • Sarah Grealish

    HARRY AND MEGHAN RECRUIT FOR ARCHEWELL'S MILLION DOLLAR 'DREAM TEAM'

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have begun to recruit for their charitable foundation after the project was pushed aside for months during the pandemic.

    And the pair have already added to former royal aides to the million dollar "dream team."

    Beth Herlihy and Clara Loughran will be taking on roles while the Duke and Duchess of Sussex fork out hundreds of thousands of pounds to hiring the right people for their charity, according to the Daily Telegraph.

    The two women will be working on a freelance basis while taking on commissions for the foundation’s future missions.

    Ms Loughran was in charge of Harry's charitable work and royal engagements since 2015 while Ms Herlihy was a programme manager for Meghan and Harry since 2018.

     

  • Sarah Grealish

    CALLS FOR TITLES TO BE STRIPPED

    Royal fans are yet again calling for Meghan and Harry to have their royal titles stripped after the first episode of their podcast was aired.

    The pair have received backlash for their podcast which featured young Archie speaking for the first time.

    Members of the public believe it was wrong for the couple to include “the baby that they so wanted to shield from the British public”.

    And royal fans are again asking for their titles to be stripped as a result.

     One said: “Take away their titles and ranking, then let's see just how far they can go

    While another added: “It seems like #Ranking benefits Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.

    And a third begged: “Please strip them of titles and remove from line of succession.”

    Finally after branding the first episode "dull" another tweeted said: “Without the royal kudos, are Harry and Megan just yet another celeb couple, yawn?”

  • Rebecca Flood

    ARCHIE IS LIVING AN 'ENID BLYTON CHILDHOOD' WITH MEGHAN MARKLE, SAYS EXPERT

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex delighted royal fans when they shared a sweet illustration of themselves posing in the garden of their Montecito mansion with 19-month-old son Archie.

    A spokesperson for the couple confirmed that the drawing – which was shared by animal charity Mayhew – was based on a photo Meghan's mother Doria Ragland took of them at their £11m home in California.

    Analysing the Sussexes' latest card, body language expert Judi James claims the couple have made a conscious effort to protect their privacy while also presenting an idealised version of their new life in California.

    She told Fabulous: "This digitalised picture seems to glorify the Enid Blyton-style childhoods of vintage storybooks, suggesting a very besotted-looking Harry and Meghan are set on creating a look of idyllic, rustic intimacy rather than posing up the garden in their multi-million dollar mansion.

  • Rebecca Flood

    NEW PRINCESS DI STATUE IN JULY

    A new statue of the late Princess Diana will be on view at Kensington Palace from next July on what would have been her 60th birthday, an official has said.

    Her sons, Princes William and Harry, commissioned a statue in honour of their mother – who died in a Paris car crash more than 20 years ago – to be erected outside the Duke of Cambridge's home at the palace.

    But, there has been a delay due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Diana was killed when the limousine carrying her and her lover Dodi al-Fayed crashed in a Paris tunnel in August 1997.

  • Rebecca Flood

    HARRY & MEGHAN’S PODCAST LEFT FANS ‘REACHING FOR THE SICK BUCKET’

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s new podcast has divided opinion – leaving some listeners reaching for the “sick bucket”.

    The holiday special episode featured a whole host of famous voices – including 19-month-old baby Archie’s as he giggled on air and wished fans a “happy New Year”.

    But the love-in has divided opinion with some branding the pod “dull and preachy,” but others insisting it was “heartwarming”.

    One social user wrote: “Ok First of all… Master Archie’s perfect accent! Smiling face with heart-shaped eyes Secondly… Prince Harry’s infectious laughter!

    “That man is SO happy! Last but not least… Meghan’s voice was MADE for podcasts. So worth the wait!”

    But another, more cynical tweeter said: “Someone please pass the sick bucket…”

  • Rebecca Flood

    DI WOULD HAVE SORTED 'SILLY FEUD' SAYS FORMER BUTLER

    Princess Diana would have “banged her sons” heads together’ over their “silly feud” her former butler has claimed.

    Paul Burrell, 62, said that the late Princess of Wales would have brought her sons “back together.”

    Speaking on the TV show The Royal Beat, he said: “If their mother was here today, she would bring them back together.

    “She would bang their heads together and say: ‘Don’t be silly you’re my sons, you’re both equal.’ It was very important to her that they stayed close.”

  • Rebecca Flood

    MEGHAN AND HARRY WILL TACKLE GENDER ISSUES IN PODCAST

    Meghan and Harry have revealed the issues they will tackle in their podcasts after moving to seek copyright protection from their new entertainment empire.

    They’ve just signed a money-spinning deal with streaming giant Spotify and eight days ago filed documents with the US Patent and Trademark Office to protect Archewell Audio.

    The couple lodged documents to prevent others cashing in on the name.

    US copyright attorneys are already looking over papers from the couple asking for exclusive rights to their charity Archewell and Archewell Foundation.

    And official papers filed regarding Archewell Audio revealed it will provide: “Downloadable podcasts, audio programs, and audio books, all in the field of current and topical events, education, science, literature, racial justice, gender equity, environmental stewardship, youth empowerment, health, mental health, and commentary on topics of current and general interest.”

  • Rebecca Flood

    PRINCE HARRY & MEGHAN MARKLE SHARE SECRET MEANING BEHIND THIER WEDDING SONG

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have revealed the poignant reason behind playing the song This Little Light Of Mine at their wedding. 

    Speaking on their new Archewell podcast, which launched today, the Duchess of Sussex, 39, said: "It was the music that we wanted playing when we started our lives together.”

    Wrapping up their debut podcast episode, Meghan explained: "No matter what life throws at you guys, trust us when we say, love wins." 

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex then introduced the song, and shared the significance it has for their lives. 

    Meghan said: “This Little Light of Mine 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, 'darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that…"

  • Rebecca Flood

    ACTIVIST WHO CAMPAIGNED WITH MEGHAN MARKLE IS JAILED ON TERRORISM CHARGES

    An activist who once appeared with campaigners alongside Meghan Markle and fought for the right for women to drive in Saudi Arabia has been jailed for nearly six years.

    Loujain al-Hathloul has already been caged inside a maximum security prison for more than two years amid claims she has been tortured behind bars.

    The 31 year old was among several activists detained in 2018 on "trumped-up terror charges" including making contact with organisations "hostile" to her homeland.

    International human rights groups have repeatedly called for her to be freed by her captors saying the allegations against her are "spurious" at best.

  • Rebecca Flood

    SUSSEXES TO UNITE WITH TWO AIDES WHO LOST THEIR JOBS DUE TO MEGXIT

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have reunited with two aides who lost their jobs during 'Megxit' as the Sussexes go on a hiring spree.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have re-hired former palace staffers Clara Loughran and Beth Herlihy to work for their non-profit organisation Archewell.

    Both women, aged in their 30s, lost their jobs when Harry and Meghan stepped back as senior members of the Royal Family.

    The Sussexes have also hired employees in the United States – including a head of communications, a press secretary and a chief of staff, the Daily Mail reports.

  • Rebecca Flood

    THIS IS HOW MEGHAN MARKLE HAS CHANGED OVER THE PAST TEN YEARS

    Meghan Markle has always strenuously denied having any tweakments to maintain her glow.

    While her face remains the same, it seems she has picked a darker shade for her raven locks. 

    But we know that Meghan, 39, loves facials and enjoys experimenting with skincare. 

    It was recently revealed that she enjoys Dernalux LED phototherapy facials as well as being a huge fan of facialist Nichola Joss and her unique inner facial technique. 

    Click here to find out how other celebs have changed over the last decade.

  • Rebecca Flood

    ARCHIE IS REVEALED TO HAVE AN AMERICAN ACCENT

    Archie has an American accent, it was revealed today as the one-year-old giggled on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's podcast.

    The 19-month-old revealed his accent and giggled adorably as he made his podcast debut after his parents signed a rumoured £30m Spotify deal.

    The couple could be heard moving around before Meghan was heard asking Archie: "Is it fun?"

    Little Archie then pipes up, adorably replying: "Fun!"

    Harry then encourages his son to repeat "after me".

    Archie then repeats "Happy New Year" with the help of his parents – with the trio descending into peals of laughter.

  • Shayma Bakht

    WHICH CELEBS FEATURE IN THE PODCAST?

    Sir Elton John, James Corden and Tyler Perry all speak to Meghan and Prince Harry about how they had kept motivated and positive during the tough year on podcast debut.

    Sir Elton was a friend of Harry's mother Diana, Princess of Wales and has regularly supported her son over the years, while Corden was a guest at Harry and Meghan's wedding and was asked by the duke to perform at the couple's evening celebration.

    Other guests included activist and tennis star Naomi Osaka, American filmmaker and actor Tyler Perry – who had allowed the couple to stay at his mansion when they first moved to the US – wellness icon Deepak Chopra and teenage activist Christina Adane from London, who campaigns on food issues.

  • Shayma Bakht

    PODCAST DEBUT THANKS HEALTHCARE WORKERS, AND FEATURES A CAMEO FROM ARCHIE

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex released their holiday special podcast – the first in their Archewell Audio series – this afternoon.

    The couple began their show by paying tribute to healthcare and frontline workers for their "sacrifices" and remembered those who have lived through "uncertainty and unthinkable loss" during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Baby Archie, the couple's one-year-old son, even had his podcast debut – heard laughing with his parents as he wished listeners a happy new year.

     

  • Shayma Bakht

    ELTON JOHN OPENS UP ON MEG & HARRY'S PODCAST

    Sir Elton John kicks off Meghan and Harry's 2020 Holiday special podcast – studded with A-list stars.

    In his audio diary for Meghan and Harry's podcast, Sir Elton John said: "Well, we were in the middle of a tour and then Covid started and we came back to England in May, and it was very strange because we were going full pelt, and then all of a sudden we ground to a halt.

    "I'm 73 years old, and I'm a semi diabetic, so I'm in a risky area there, I have an underlying condition as they say. I've seen my immediate family – Zachary, Elijah and David – all the time.

    "But my relatives, who I love, haven't been able to see much of them at all, and I've only stayed connected with him by phone, of course, and by Zoom."

  • Shayma Bakht

    XMAS IS OVER, BUT YOU CAN WATCH FESTIVE FILMS LIKE THE QUEEN

    According to legendary actor Brian Blessed, Her Majesty is a huge fan of the movie Flash Gordon – which he starred in in 1980.

    Speaking to Yahoo Movies earlier this year, the actor, 84, claimed Her Majesty rewatches the sci-fi film every year at Christmas.

    He said: "[Flash Gordon]is her favourite film, she watches it with her grandchildren every Christmas."

    The sci-fi movie follows the adventures of quarterback Flash as he ventures into space to unite the planet Mongo and save Earth from destruction.

    Impersonating The Queen, the actor joked: "You know, we watch Flash Gordon all the time, me and the grandchildren.'

  • Shayma Bakht

    EXPECT MORE FROM HARRY AND MEG IN 2021

    MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry "will be seen more in 2021" but will shun the traditional role as "working royals", an insider has claimed.

    Speaking to Vanity Fair, sources close to the couple said Meghan and Harry are "optimistic and excited" for the future after a "rollercoaster" year.

    Discussing what 2021 has in store for the couple, the insider claimed: "We will see more of them and in a different way to how we saw them as working royals.

    "It will be more in line with who they are and the way they want to operate from now on."

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    MEGHAN COULD WRITE A NOVEL, INSIDER CLAIMS

    An insider has claimed Meghan Markle wants to follow in Prince Charles and Sarah Ferguson's footsteps and give fiction writing a go.

    An insider said: "Fiction is something she has always wanted to try her hand at, and she could be assured that anything she writes would sell well, regardless of its quality.

    "Fiction, be it children's books or adult, would be a powerful way of conveying the messages of their woke brand."

    Click here to read more

    An insider said Meghan could write a bookCredit: AFP
  • Chiara Fiorillo

    MEGHAN HAS A 'CALLING AT HEART' TO BE A WRITER

    One royal commentator has said Meghan Markle has a “calling at heart” to be a writer.

    During the Royally Obsessed podcast, Rachel Bowie and Roberta Fiorito discussed the Duchess of Sussex’s previous written work on food.

    Ms Fiorito stated that Meghan demonstrated a talent for descriptive writing, saying: “She is a food writer at heart for sure. I feel like this was her calling.”

  • Shayma Bakht

    MEGHAN AND HARRY EMPOWER THE NEXT GENERATION WITH AUDIO PROJECT

    Meghan and Harry are aiming to empower the next generation with educative topics such as gender equity, racial justice and mental health to be discussed.

    Official papers filed regarding Archewell Audio revealed their company will provide: “Downloadable podcasts, audio programs, and audio books, all in the field of current and topical events, education, science, literature, racial justice, gender equity, environmental stewardship, youth empowerment, health, mental health, and commentary on topics of current and general interest.”

    The application also covers CDs, audiobooks and live stage performances and also content via “satellite, global computer networks, websites, wireless devices, mobile web applications, webcasts, and on-demand streaming media”.

  • Shayma Bakht

    PICTURED: Rehired Beth Herlihy, who was fired after Meg and Harry stopped being senior members of the Royal Family

    Read more about her rehiring and wage of six figures here.

  • Shayma Bakht

    PRINCE CHARLES GIVES UP LAND AS HE PREPARES FOR THE THRONE

    As he prepares to become King, Prince Charles is set to give up one of his plots of land in 2021, it has been claimed.

    A Clarence House spokesman said: “The Prince of Wales will not be renewing his lease on Home Farm but will continue to farm organically at Sandringham.”

    Charles has spent 35 years farming at Home Farm near his country home Highgrove in Gloucestershire.

    It is suggested that he not commit to a new 20-year-lease, as he is expecting to become King soon.

     

  • Shayma Bakht

    QUEEN VICTORIA AND PRINCE ALBERT'S WATERCOLOUR DISPLAY

    Watercolours collected by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, which symbolise their public and private lives together, will go on display at The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse in 2021.

    Throughout their marriage, Victoria and Albert were passionate collectors of watercolour painting, and owned thousands of such work.

    Victoria & Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour will feature 80 of their treasured watercolours, including several by Scottish artists, some of which will be on display in Scotland for the first time.

  • Shayma Bakht

    MEG WAS DESTINED TO BE A WRITER, SAYS EXPERT

    And one royal commentator has said that she has a “calling at heart” to be a writer.

    During the Royally Obsessed podcast, Rachel Bowie and Roberta Fiorito discussed the Duchess of Sussex’s previous written work on food.

    Roberta Fiorito, who co-hosts the Royally Obsessed podcast, stated that Meghan demonstrated a talent for descriptive writing – pointing to examples in her old blog.

  • Shayma Bakht

    PROTECTING THE EMPIRE

    Meghan and Prince Harry lodged documents to prevent others cashing in on the name of their new entertainment empire.

    US copyright attorneys are already looking over papers from the couple asking for exclusive rights to their charity Archewell and Archewell Foundation.

    And official papers filed regarding Archewell Audio revealed it will provide: “Downloadable podcasts, audio programs, and audio books, all in the field of current and topical events, education, science, literature, racial justice, gender equity, environmental stewardship, youth empowerment, health, mental health, and commentary on topics of current and general interest.”

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