Spotify Ends $20 Million Media Deal with Harry and Meghan
In a surprising move, Spotify has decided to end its agreement with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and her husband, Prince Harry, after just one season of Meghan’s “Archetypes” podcast.
“Spotify and Archewell Audio have mutually agreed to part ways and are proud of the series we made together,” the companies said, according to Variety.
Archewell Audio, the company used by Harry and Meghan for their media projects, will no longer be associated with the couple’s podcast.
According to sources quoted by The Journal, the company will not receive the full amount agreed upon due to not meeting productivity benchmarks.
“The team behind Archetypes remain proud of the podcast they created at Spotify. Meghan is continuing to develop more content for the Archetypes audience on another platform,” a representative for Archewell Productions said.
The partnership between Archewell and Spotify was intended to produce multiple programs over several years, but it only resulted in one series and a holiday special, as reported by CNN.
In other news, Meghan has recently signed with talent agency WME, according to multiple reports.
Furthermore, Netflix has canceled the production of “Pearl,” an animated series created by Meghan, as reported by the Daily Wire. However, the couple’s Netflix series, “The Heart of Invictus,” is still expected to be released this year, as stated by Newsweek.
This year’s event is particularly significant as it is the first time it is taking place during the reign of Harry’s father, King Charles III.
“Now that they are no longer working royals, neither Harry nor Meghan – nor Prince Andrew, for that matter – are welcome on the Buckingham Palace balcony,” explained royal biographer Christopher Andersen.
“Harry isn’t about to show up just so he can be humiliated one more time. What’s the point of that?
“King Charles will surround himself with those people he feels he can trust and rely on to do the heavy lifting: Queen Camilla, Princess Anne, Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie, and, of course, the real stars of the show these days, Prince William, Kate Middleton and their three children,” Andersen added.
“I think there will be a lot of gasps when the kids step out and people see just how much Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis have grown,” Andersen predicted.
“By not even inviting the Sussexes to attend one of the most important events on the royal calendar – and, in this case, particularly important because it is to salute the new monarch – Charles has once again made it clear that he is not particularly eager to mend fences with his younger son,” he concluded.
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