Meghan Markle’s Podcast Deal with Spotify Set to End
An agreement between the media group Spotify and Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle is about to come to an end. The streaming giant and Meghan and Harry’s audio production company, Archewell Audio – named after their eldest son, Archie – issued a joint statement on Thursday in which they claimed to have “mutually agreed” to break away. “We are proud of the series we did together,” they indicated.
The couple have only produced one series under their podcast imprint since signing the deal in 2020, valued at a staggering $20 million. The program, called Archetypes, led the platform’s billboards in various markets, capturing massive groups of listeners attracted by their conversations with influential women. However, Variety, a specialized publication, reported on Thursday, citing an unidentified source, that Spotify expected to receive more material. This “low productivity” influenced the end of the agreement.
According to Variety, Harry and Meghan are now searching for a new platform for their content. Meghan is eager to continue creating more podcasts and seek a new agreement with another platform. She is a strong advocate against labels that try to hinder women and wishes to continue with the project. She plans to have collaborations with notable figures like her friend and tennis star Serena Williams, singer Mariah Carey, and South African comedian Trevor Noah.
Prince Harry, the youngest son of Charles III, married former TV star Meghan in 2018 amidst positive media coverage that appeared to modernize the traditional monarchy. However, relations between the couple and the family soured in the following years, with accusations of racism towards Markle. Harry and his wife relocated from Britain to sunny California, where they continued to challenge the institution. They have criticized it through an explosive autobiography by the 38-year-old prince, a documentary series on Netflix, and an interview with renowned presenter Oprah Winfrey.
Since stepping down from their royal duties, the couple has pursued various media initiatives in an attempt to generate income.