The aftermath of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s split with Spotify seems far from over. Bill Simmons, Spotify’s head of podcast innovation and monetization, has been scathing, labeling the couple as ‘fucking scammers’ after their £15.6m podcast deal with Archetypes ended. made a statement. The Wall Street Journal reports that the royal couple may not meet the productivity requirements to be paid in full, leaving many wondering how they will handle the setback.
Given the long wait for content from the Sussexes, Simmons’ frustration is understandable. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex signed up for the podcast in 2020, but the first episode came out two years later. Meanwhile, they’ve been busy with Oprah, doing business with Netflix, and reporting complaints. When Archetypes finally debuted, it fell short of expectations. In just 12 episodes, mostly Meghan discussed topics like “stigma,” “activism” and “manifesto,” but the content didn’t leave much of an impression. The star-studded guest list also included Trevor Noah and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, but it wasn’t enough to bring back the lackluster production.
Now that the podcast deal has officially ended, Simmons felt free to express his feelings. On the Bill Simmons Podcast, he said the podcast should have been called “The King Grifters,” adding an interesting story about having a Zoom call with Harry to help with the idea for the podcast. The candid comments from Spotify executives drew attention and praise for their honesty.
The Archetypes team is proud of the podcast they created, but Meghan’s future plans include releasing the next season on another platform. While the streaming giant has announced job cuts and a revamped approach to podcasting, Kate is determined to continue serving archetype audiences. The cancellation of the podcast raised questions about the Sussexes’ ability to execute various high-profile deals.
The recent incident isn’t the first time Simmons has criticized Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Even when he was signed to Spotify, Simmons publicly voiced his displeasure. He once called Prince Harry “embarrassing” and has expressed frustration with the royal family’s constant interviews and complaints. Simmons doesn’t seem shy about speaking his mind, and his comments are controversial.
As the Spotify-Sussex story continues, it remains to be seen how the couple will wrestle and regain their footing in the world of podcasting. With their reputation as “scammers” now in question, they will undoubtedly face heavy scrutiny as they pursue new ventures. A split from Spotify could be a turning point for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who will have to reassess their approach and deliver on their promises if they want to regain the trust of both critics and fans. right.