What happened to Meghan and Harry’s £18 million Spotify podcast deal?

What happened to Meghan and Harry’s £18 million Spotify podcast deal? Royal couple has NOT produced any content in 2021 despite promising shows that would ‘build community through shared experiences and values’

  • Archewell Audio was announced with full series expected this year
  • But Harry and Meghan’s show has been completely silent in 2021
  • Neither the Royals nor Spotify can confirm whether they still have a partnership


Meghan and Harry’s £18million Spotify podcast deal of £18million came under scrutiny today – after their expected 2021 Archewell series failed to show up in action, with the streaming giant refusing to say if and when it will air.

The royal couple, who signed the lucrative contract last year, have been completely silent on the platform since December 15.

They produced just 35 minutes of content for their Archewell Audio channel, which was curated with Spotify’s Gimlet Studios.

Neither they nor Spotify responded to questions about the future of the aural effort.

But – unlike the rest of his shows – Archewell Audio stands out for its absence from Gimlet’s website.

And Spotify’s press release from December last year now seems completely off the track.

The royal couple, who signed the lucrative contract last year, have been completely silent on the platform since 2020

Archewell Audio was announced with the expectation of a full series this year, but it never arrived

Archewell Audio was announced with the expectation of a full series this year, but it never arrived

Archewell has appointed Rebecca Sananes as head of audio, but there have been no updates.

Archewell has appointed Rebecca Sananes as head of audio, but there have been no updates.

It was excited: “Archewell Audio will leverage Spotify’s global reach – with 144 million Premium subscribers and 320 million monthly active users – to showcase powerful and diverse voices and perspectives.

Archewell Audio and Spotify’s Gimlet studio will release their first offering; a holiday special hosted by The Duke and Duchess featuring stories of hope and compassion from inspiring guests in celebration of the New Year. In 2021, The Duke and Duchess will produce and host podcasts that build community through shared experiences and values.

“The first complete series from Archewell Audio and Spotify is expected next year and can be streamed for free on Spotify.”

In July, it appointed Rebecca Sananes as head of audio, but there have been no updates.

In June, the Sussexes welcomed their second child and were due to take some time off.

Vanity Fair reported a source who said they would be given five months of paternity leave.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the 2021 Salute To Freedom Gala

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the 2021 Salute To Freedom Gala

Archewell Audio has been completely silent since the episode last Christmas, despite plans for more

Archewell Audio has been completely silent since the episode last Christmas, despite plans for more

Questions for Archewell Audio on Spotify after £18m deal

MailOnline contacted Archewell to try and figure out what was going on with their Spotify deal. They did not respond to the following questions:

– Do the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have another exclusive partnership with Spotify?

– Have the Sussexes been recording new content for Spotify since December last year?

– Will there be another episode of Archewell Audio?

– If so, when will the new episode be released?

– Have the couples’ plans to work with Spotify changed since December last year?

– Do the Sussexes have any plans to work with Spotify in the future?

It meant Harry took time out from his executive position at a Silicon Valley start-up that claims to be worth $1.7 billion.

For the couple, the free time also means that they have to temporarily relinquish their multimillion-dollar deals with Netflix and Spotify.

Harry told Oprah Winfrey in their amazing interview that he was persuaded to sign when he was “literally cut off financially” from the royal family.

Prince Harry is chief impact officer at BetterUp, a mental health company, where he helps promote an app used by major corporations such as Hilton, Facebook and oil company Chevron to improve the wellbeing of their workforce.

The company’s CEO, Alexi Robichaux, has declined to say how much the royal will be paid, though similar positions at other California companies would earn a six- or seven-figure salary.

Duke and Duchess of Sussex said in a joint statement after signing the deal with Spotify last year: “What we love about podcasting is that it reminds us all to take a moment and really listen, to interact without distraction.

“With the challenges of 2020, there has never been a more important time to do this, because when we hear each other, and hear each other’s stories, we are reminded of how connected we all are.”

Advertisement

.