There is even worse news for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, with reports that one of their most lucrative deals has been terminated.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex: Saint or Sinner? A grossly wronged son or a lingering disgruntled child of a man or woman? A palace whistleblower or a modern-day traitor?
Writing about the now 38-year-old is constantly wrestling with the contradictions and complexities of a man who has done the unthinkable to leave the royal family and go straight to the umbrella of American corporations.
Other than that, so far, Megshit’s fairy tale hasn’t turned out to be a happy ending.
For years, the Duke and Duchess have tested the world’s patience with the torments of genuine Niagara Falls.
The question, which is harder and harder to ignore today, is whether it benefited them, or their payroll.
Divination is not good.
On Wednesday, veteran royal biographer Tom Bower appeared on British television, claiming that “Spotify has terminated the deal.”
Now, let me be clear here, this has not been confirmed, and this purported “cancellation” is, for example, times or Telegraph.
But if Spotify were going to change the deal with the Sussexes, it would be as surprising as Fergie joining the tea game for weight loss.
Let’s do the math.
As of this writing, it has been 912 days since the Sussexes signed a deal with the audio platform on December 15, 2020, worth $25 million (approximately $36.7 million). It is said that there is
So if you take 1 and divide by pi, it’s worth $40,326 per day to date.
How much have multibillion-dollar companies made so far for all their money? The explosive power of New Year’s Eve fireworks and the sparklers that ignite in haste. don’t think about The slight glare and tingling sensation will soon end.
In December 2020, two weeks after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their marriage on Spotify, the couple released a nearly half-hour episode in which several high-profile friends gave deep thoughts about the first year of the pandemic. .
It was predictable and anemic, and seemed exactly what I expected: a podcast of Harry and Meghan chatting with their A-list pals in between some light daddy duties to help themselves.
Other than that… nothing… and nothing more… and some more nothing.
It took a full 20 months for the Sussexes’ first Spotify project to be released in the form of Meghan Markle’s podcast, Archetypes. die hard to go to the police. (To be fair, it wasn’t a bad idea, but the episode was too long in execution, the concept was too thin, and the host wasn’t a natural interviewer at all).
Listeners were mesmerized by the archetype, and although the podcast debuted at number one, new episodes failed to gain significant traction on the listening charts in the weeks that followed.
Nine months later, nothing has been announced, despite rumors of a second season being greenlighted.
But at least Meghan had an idea, and she followed suit and started speaking into the mic. Since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s tripod at the end of 2020, Prince Harry hasn’t produced, released or recorded a single solitary record for the company. (He appeared on Meghan Markle’s debut episode, complimenting Serena Williams on her hair and saying, “You look great.”)
In other words, the last time the Duke made a proper appearance on the Spotify airwaves, the Duke’s grandparents, the late Queen and Prince Philip, were both still alive and were hosting Christmas at the Sandringham mansion.
So far, Spotify’s return on investment has been astonishing…
At the moment, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have no confirmed series or new ones in the works, even though their contract with the company equates to Kia Carnival prices per day.
For Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, things aren’t so good on the Netflix side either. The only project Archwell Productions has in the works is The Duke’s documentary on the Invictus game. The broadcast date has not yet been decided.
Tolstoy took six years to write war and peace – Does Harry work similarly extravagant timeframes?
Earlier this year, it was reported that they were considering entering scripted content such as romantic comedies, but nothing has been announced.
Meanwhile, in the more than two-and-a-half years since the Sussexes signed deals with Netflix and Spotify, the streaming world has been hit by an economic catastrophe.
These two companies alone have lost more than $50 billion in market capitalization and caused mass layoffs across the industry.
In January, Spotify executives who signed on with the royal rebels left the business.
“The days of dumb money are over,” said a podcast industry strategist. new york times earlier this year.
It seems that being a global name isn’t enough to win over Spotify, which last year “refused to renew” the contract with Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s production company.
Given the economic winds that are blowing, we have to assume that at some point, courteous pressure must be put on the Arshwell headquarters to get the Duke and Duchess to actually build something. right.
It will be interesting to know if the same situation holds true for Harry and his publisher, Penguin Random House.
Perhaps they are still gleefully counting the Guinness World Record-breaking sales of his memoir, spareare they going to get another book from Aitch?
write to daily mailbiographer Christopher Wilson, reported that “Harry and the Penguins’ contract worth £22 million (approximately $40.9 million) necessitates the publication of at least one more book, and soon.”
To add to the tension, Harry is also the Chief Impact Officer of a coaching platform called BetterUp. In that job, it seems necessary to appear in advertisements and undertake lectures. You know, I’m hardly working on a salt mine, but when you put it all together, the demands on ex-army captains are really starting to rise.
All of this before he considers time to do humanitarian work through the Archwell Foundation in Sussex. Too bad for his poor PA trying to schedule all of this and not just the daily shiatsu and crystal therapy sessions.
What will the Duke do on the road with two small children and a case in the English courts?
With the Los Padres team not participating in the local Santa Barbara Club Cup this year, they don’t even have a chance to play polo.
Here’s my idea – Spotify should let Harry record audiobooks.
he made a 15 hour version spareso why not let him do something that numbs King Charles in 2010 Harmony: a new way of looking at our worldthen Fergie’s Mills & Boone number, her heart in search of a compass, Before moving on to the Budgerigar’s back catalogue?
Buy him some lemon barley and read him a book.
Streaming service + duke + dirty romance novel? You can always take it to the bank.
Daniela Elser is a writer, editor and royal commentator with over 15 years of experience working for Australia’s leading media outlets.