One of the first deals Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced after leaving their royal roles, their much-talked-about deal with Spotify has come to an end.
Spotify and Archewell Audio, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s production company, confirmed the end of their partnership in a joint statement, saying, “Spotify and Archewell Audio have agreed to part ways with each other and are proud of the series we have created together.” Stated.
When Spotify and the Sussex deal was announced at the end of 2020, Spotify will host and produce a podcast for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with the goal of “building community through shared experiences, stories and values.” He explained that it is a multi-year partnership to carry out. . ”
In December 2020, shortly after the deal was announced, Prince Harry and Meghan released a special holiday podcast in which nearly a dozen celebrities, athletes, activists and intellectuals reflected on the year and looked ahead to 2021.
The only other podcast to emerge from Prince Harry and Meghan’s partnership was an original series hosted by Meghan, which examines the stereotypes and labels women face.
The 12-episode series, titled “Archetypes,” featured interviews from Serena Williams and Mariah Carey to Mindy Kaling, Paris Hilton, Issa Rae, and more.
The podcast won the People’s Choice Award for Top Podcast in 2022 and the Gracie Award for Digital Media in 2023.
Meghan described her “archetype” as “a labor of love” in a statement celebrating her People’s Choice Award.
In a statement posted on Archwell’s website, Meghan said: “I loved immersing myself in the process and sitting in bed late at night, writing and being creative.” “And I loved delving into meaningful conversations with our diverse and inspiring guests, laughing together, learning together, and listening to you all.”
Spotify announced last week plans to lay off 200 people, or 2% of its workforce, in a change to its “podcast strategy.”
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have not publicly commented on the end of their partnership with Spotify, other than a joint statement from the production company.
After relocating to California and retiring from their role as senior royals, the couple launched Ashwell Audio, a production company in 2020, a division of the broader nonprofit Ashwell.
The Sussexes, who live in California with their two children, also signed a deal with Netflix as they stepped away from their royal role. Meghan told The New York Times that she wants to create “content that is both informative and hopeful.”
The couple’s biggest project with Netflix so far is a six-part documentary series entitled ‘Harry & Meghan,’ in which the couple spoke candidly about their love stories and their decision to step back from their royal roles.
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Since leaving the UK, Meghan has also written a children’s book, The Bench, and Prince Harry has published a best-selling memoir, Spare.