Spotify and Archewell Audio, the production company founded by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, have ended their partnership less than a year after her podcast “Archetypes” appeared on the platform, the companies announced Friday.
In a joint statement, the two companies said they “agreed to part ways” and were “proud of the series” they created together.
It’s unclear what led to the decision or whether the podcast will continue on other platforms.
A spokeswoman for the Arshwell charitable foundation founded by the couple did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s future with Spotify is uncertain, but the couple have other business ventures. That means the multi-year deal with Netflix will produce documentaries, documentary series, feature films, scripted shows and children’s shows.
In December 2020, nearly a year after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle renounced their royal titles, Spotify announced a partnership with Archewell Audio for an undisclosed amount.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, also known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, said in a statement at the time that they love podcasting because it reminds them to slow down and “connect with each other without distractions.” said.
Archetypes debuts in August 2022 and focuses on exploring and analyzing the labels and metaphors often attached to women to keep them in check. Tennis superstar Serena Williams was the first guest on the podcast, and Megan spoke about how her son was put in danger while her family was on tour in South Africa. The 12-episode series also featured guest appearances by Mariah Carey, Paris Hilton, and Issa Rae. A final episode focused on how men feel about the archetype was released in late November.
Archewell Audio’s decision comes at a volatile time for Spotify, which is tightening its grip. The company announced plans this month to lay off about 200 people, including employees at popular podcast studios Gimlet Media and Percast. The company also laid off about 600 people, or 6% of its workforce, earlier this year.