James Marriot • The Times UK • Jan 8, 2021
"**Update - Predictably, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s podcast Archewell Audio is boring and a bit silly. For all the peace-and-love whiffling, it’s a harsh, competitive place out there in California. And there are plenty of celebrities more interesting and more talented than them."
James Marriot • The Times UK • Dec 30, 2020
"The first episode of Harry and Meghan’s podcast Archewell Audio introduces a world where chefs don’t cook, they “empower communities through food”; where people don’t do things, they “manifest” them; where people don’t “say”, they “share” and so on. It’s all blandly Californian. Like Goop but without the fun. Inspirational piano music plays throughout. It’s all very tasteful and unchallenging. The show’s stated aim is to “build community through shared experience, narratives, and values”, which I suppose is vague enough that it’s hard to say whether it succeeded or not. To me it all seems inoffensive, if naff. I imagine most people will find it too dull to get through the whole thing (it seems to have been made more to burnish the egos of its hosts than to entertain listeners."
Hannah Verdier • The Guardian • Dec 29, 2020
"...this isn’t your average interview podcast, mostly because Harry and Meghan don’t actually do any interviewing. Instead, they’ve asked their guests to record audio diaries to mull over what 2020 means to them. Meghan is super-slick and NPR-confident, leading the conversation as Harry follows: she starts the sentences with purpose and he finishes them. And if it wants to appeal to a mass market who fancy an uplifting half-hour that reassures them there may be some light in the world, it’s there."