Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's podcast taken into Spotify's 'own hands' as the royal couple fail to produce anything in over a year

Spotify has 'finally taken matters into their own hands,' when it comes to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's underperforming podcast

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's podcast
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's podcast is going to be given a makeover by Spotify as the streaming giant is frustrated by the lack of popular content made by the royal couple.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry 'stepped back' as senior members of the royal family in March 2020. When the couple left to become financially independent, they made a variety of deals with media platforms to begin creating their own content.

As one of their new business ventures, Prince Harry and Meghan launched a podcast with Spotify titled Archewell Audio in December 2020. On December 29, 2020, the royal couple released their first 35-minute podcast which featured numerous guests such as James Corden, Elton John, Naomi Osaka, Tyler Perry, and Deepak Chopra. 

Their first episode was a huge success and reports suggested that the Archewell podcast hit number two on Spotify. Unfortunately, the royal couple has not released anything else since December 2020 and Spotify is not impressed.

A source told The Sun, "Spotify has been waiting a long time for some content from Harry and Meghan and now it appears they have finally taken matters into their own hands."

The source then revealed that the streaming giant has hired in a number of producers and team members who can help create a better channel from the royal couple.

"Hiring a raft of in-house talent on Spotify’s side will ensure they finally squeeze something out of them as they bid to honor their contract."

Prince Harry and his fiancée US actress Meghan Markle pose for a photograph in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace

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This claim has been supported by a newly released advert from Gimlet Projects, Spotify's in-house production company. 

The advert states, "We’re currently assembling a show team that will build and launch a new original show with Archewell featuring the voices of high profile women."

"The ideal candidate has experience working with high-profile talent, and an interest in the intersection of social activism and popular culture."

Speaking to Express, lawyer Ian Penman suggested that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's £18 million deal with Spotify could be in jeopardy if the couple fail to make popular content.

"It would not be an unfair assumption that perhaps their popularity was not as great as maybe they or indeed Spotify initially felt," said Ian.

"I think you could draw a conclusion that if [Spotify] haven't exercised the option on the next episode of the podcast, then maybe they did not have the popularity that either Meghan and Harry expected or indeed Spotify anticipated."

The lawyer added, "So the problem you have here, I would imagine, is that when they talk about an £18m Spotify podcast deal, it probably means that they have signed their first product, in this case, a podcast—they then have many, many options for further products."

"All those options are in Spotify's favor. Make no mistake, they're not in Meghan and Harry's favor."

Laura Harman

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