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Prince Harry + Meghan Markle Lose Spotify Deal

Following the delivery of just one podcast, Spotify and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s Archewell Audio podcast production company, have ended their commercial partnership.

Without addressing why both parties nixed their relationship, a joint statement posted on Thursday (6.15,) read “Spotify and Archewell Audio have mutually agreed to part ways and are proud of the series we made together.”

The short-lived deal concludes less than a year since Markle’s debut podcast, “Archetypes,” first aired with guests that included Serena Williams, Mariah Carey and Mindy Kaling dealing with “the labels that try to hold women back.”

At the time, Spotify’s chief content and advertising business officer, Dawn Ostroff called Prince Harry and Meghan “citizens of the world,” celebrating their goal of uplifting underrepresented voices in their work.

In December of 2020, the streaming content giant initially first confirmed what it called an exclusive “multiyear partnership” with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex focusing on producing podcasts and shows that share “uplifting and entertaining stories” with the streaming platform’s massive audience.

In addition to Spotify, the superstar couple have a multiyear deal with Netflix to produce children’s programming, documentaries, feature films and scripted shows. 

In 2020, the married couple relinquished their royal duties, cutting them off from the British Crown’s estimated $34 billion estate. in 2022 Forbes pegged their net worth at $10 million, including Harry’s inheritance from his mother, Princess Diana, and the equity the couple have in their California mansion. 

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Author: Saul Goode

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