On February 22, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex popped up for a surprise segment on Spotify’s Stream On event to reveal more details about their production company, Archewell Audio, which will develop podcasts exclusively for Spotify.
From their home in California, Markle—who’s now sporting super long, wavy hair—discussed the goal of their new project. “We created Archewell Audio to make sure that we can elevate voices that maybe aren’t being heard and hear people’s stories,” she said, per People.
Prince Harry added, “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.”
You can watch them open up around the 50-minute mark:
While the appearance was unexpected, it comes at a busy and exciting time for the couple. Following their Valentine’s Day announcement that baby Archie will soon be an older brother, Buckingham Palace released a statement that the two are officially relinquishing their royal titles, duties, and various patronages.
“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,” a statement released on February 19 read. “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.”
After outlining the changes to their duties, the queen’s message concluded, “While all are saddened by their decision, The Duke and Duchess remain much-loved members of the family.”
However, it seemed Meghan Markle and Prince Harry offered a slight correction with their own statement later that day. “As evidenced by their work over the past year, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex remain committed to their duty and service to the U.K. and around the world, and have offered their continued support to the organizations they have represented regardless of official role,” a spokesperson for the couple shared. “We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.”
Markle will be discussing all of this for the first time in a new, wide-ranging interview with Oprah Winfrey on March 7. Mark your calendars.