Spotify recently agreed to a mutual uncoupling with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who signed an expensive deal with the audio streamer in 2020. At first the split seemed amicable – then Bill Simmons, head of their podcasting division, left, calling them “fucking crooks.” Now a new allegation has surfaced questioning the veracity of Markle’s podcast Archetypes.
According Sub news (as caught by The New York Post), sources claim that some of the interviews Markle did for her podcast were not done by her. Instead, they were done by staff members. Markle then reportedly recorded her questions at another time and then edited them to make it look like she did the interviews.
This isn’t the first time Markle and her team have been accused of inappropriate behavior. In 2021, a source said New York Post that they haven’t produced enough content to justify their $20 million contract.
It’s also not the first time people have suspected Markle of not doing her own interviews. According New York Postlast year’s writer Alison Yarrow, while recording a conversation for the podcast, took to Instagram to thank one of the Archetypes‘ producers for being “an excellent interviewer”. It was later reported that Markle’s questions were changed in the later episode.
The relationship between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Spotify had had its share of cracks before. Last year, they claimed they had been begging them to police misinformation about COVID-19 for months.
Markle and Archewell Audio, the podcast company owned by Harry and Markle, have yet to comment on the allegations. According to Archewell, Markle hopes to take her show elsewhere.
(Via Sub news And New York Post)