Prince Harry and Meghan’s £30m podcast beaten by show that plays whale noises

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's new venture hasn't started off with the bang they may have hoped for, as their new podcast sat at number 17 on the Spotify charts when it entered.

Their first Archwell Audio offering was listed three places below Deep Sleep Sounds, which plays whale and sea noises to help people go to sleep.

The £30million podcast managed to leapfrog its 'rival' and go to No7.

In the US, where Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, now live, it went into the charts at No68 before rising to 26.

Critics slated the 34-minute podcast as "nauseating", reports The Sun.

They said asking super-rich pals how they coped with lockdown showed just how "out of touch" they were with normal people.

Sir Elton joined the Sussexes, and spoke how he cut short a tour after coronavirus swept through the UK, but he still pocketed £65million.

Gavin and Stacey icon James Cordon, host of the Late Late Show in the states, said he could spend more time with his kids at their £75million mansion.

Hitting the high teens for the new podcast may seem like a good result, the royal pair are keen to make Archewell Audio a success.

Alongside top of the range sound design, Harry and Meghan called on their celeb friends to take part for the episodes.

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However, PR guru James Henderson said the celeb-driven formula should help the series.

He added: “Access to very well-known people willing to talk out about issues and their thoughts and experiences will always command interest.”

But he said their decision to include 19-month-old son Archie saying "Happy New Year", in a sweet US accent, seemed at odds with their repeated requests for privacy.

Sir Elton, 73, also opened up about being sober for 30 years in 2020 during a year that was difficult for most.

The star, known for his smash hits like Don't Go Breaking My Heart, spoke candidly about the support he receives from Alcoholics Anonymous even during lockdown.

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