Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle are no longer continuing their partnership with Spotify.
The couple have made the streaming service the exclusive platform for their audio productions, including Markle’s “Archetypes” podcast.
An announcement regarding the fate of Markle, 41,’s podcast was made earlier this week via a Wall Street Journal report. The podcast focused on Markle’s interviews with famous personalities and its first season premiered last August.
The streaming service released a joint statement with Markle and Prince Harry’s Archewell Audio team.
Inside Markle’s ‘Archetypes’ Podcast
The Blast shared news regarding several aspects related to “archetypes”.
According to a podcast teaser, Markle provided 4-1-1 to listeners on the premise of the podcast. According to one of our reports, Markle shared, “This is ‘Archetypes,’ the podcast where we dissect, explore and subvert the labels that try to hold women back.”
She went on to explain the premise of the podcast: “This is how we talk about women: the words that lift our daughters up and how the media throws women back at us. But where do these stereotypes come from? And how do they continue to appear and define our lives? »
Markle welcomed girlfriend Serena Williams as her first guest. Pop diva Mariah Carey would replace her as the podcast’s second guest.
“Archetypes” would go to the top of Spotify’s podcast charts, even dethroning Spotify favorite Joe Rogan’s controversial podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience.” (by The Blast)
Prince Harry and Markle are parting ways with Spotify three years after signing a deal
The dissolution of Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex’s deal with Spotify finally marks the end of ‘archetypes’.
The aforementioned joint press release between Archwell Audio reads in part: “Spotify and Archwell Audio have mutually agreed to part ways and are proud of the series we have produced together…” According to Vanity Fair, the dissolution of Prince Harry’s deal with Markle leads to layoffs from Gimlet, which the publication said was the studio that had been affiliated with the couple’s deal.
The publication also shares the dissolution of the agreement had nothing to do with those 200 layoffs, per Variety.
The couple would not have reached the “benchmark of productivity that would lead to the payment in full”. The partnership between the duo and Spotify is said to have been worth $20 million. (via Vanity Fair)
The dissolution of the couple’s agreement, however, does not mean the end of Markle behind a microphone. She would have the intention of “developing more audio content”, reports the media according to the WSJ.
“Meghan continues to develop more content for the ‘Archetype’ audience on another platform,” the newspaper reported.
The latest episode of “Archetypes” aired last November and features Bravo’s Andy Cohen and Judd Apatow as guest stars, along with Trevor Noah. The quartet discussed the act of moving past various societal stereotypes. Markle uses her two male guests to get the male perspective on how they can help combat these stereotypes.
How did the couple react to the end of their Spotify contract?
Markle later acknowledged the end of the duo’s deal with Spotify, sharing her feelings about the creative process with viewers.
The Duchess of Sussex shared: ‘I loved digging my hands in the process, sitting up late at night in bed, working on writing and creating. And I loved digging deep into meaningful conversation with my diverse and inspiring guests, laughing and learning with them. It’s been such a labor of love,” Markle concluded. (by Yahoo!)