LONDON — Prince Harry and his wife Meghan’s multi-year deal with streaming giant Spotify to produce podcasts has ended with just one series made.
The Swedish company announced the partnership with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in late 2020 after stepping down from royal duties and beginning to forge new careers in California.
The media estimated him to be worth up to $20 million or more.
Meghan’s ‘Archetypes’ podcast, described on Spotify as one where ‘we investigate, dissect and subvert the labels that try to hold women back’, had featured many famous personalities such as Mariah Carey and Serena Williams in its 12 episodes.
The Duchess was named Best Entertainment Podcast Host at the Gracie Awards in March.
But in a joint statement, Spotify and the royal couple’s company said the deal to produce future series had been terminated.
“Spotify and Archewell Audio have mutually agreed to part ways and are proud of the series we have achieved together,” the statement read.
A Wall Street Journal report said the couple did not meet the productivity criteria required to receive full payment for the deal, the terms of which were not made public when it was announced.
The podcast was one of many lucrative deals the couple signed after moving to the United States. They also made a Netflix documentary, while Harry’s memoir ‘Spare’, in which he details his falling out with his father King Charles and the rest of his family, broke records earlier this year.
The prince is also embroiled in numerous high-profile lawsuits against Britain’s tabloid press, becoming the first royal to give evidence in 130 years this month.
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