Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were expected to put out a series of podcasts throughout 2021 – but none have materialised and they’ve reportedly been given a ‘nudge’
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are fighting to protect an £18m deal with Spotify to produce a series of podcasts, after only creating one episode in a year.
The streaming platform announced last year that it would host a full-scale launch of from the couple throughout 2021 – but nothing has materialised since the 2020 festive holiday.
Now Spotify bosses are said to have given the Duke and Duchess of Sussex a “gentle nudge” to follow up from their 35-minute special episode last December, The Sun reports.
The pair found time to take part in a number of other broadcast shows, including Harry’s appearances on Dax Shepherd’s Armchair Expert in May, Meghan’s involvement in the Ellen DeGeneres show earlier this month, and not forgetting their exclusive interview with Oprah Winfrey in March.
After realising that the deal so far had cost them £500,000 a minute, Spotify has reportedly been left “mystified” as to why the couple have not produced any content, according to The Sun.
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The music and podcast service is said to have contacted their pair’s Archewell Audio brand to ensure they protect the future of the multimillion-pound contract.
One source told the newspaper: “Spotify were delighted when they signed the couple, but the lack of content has mystified them. Particularly as they seem to have no problem producing content for other platforms.”
After hiring veteran podcast producer, Rebecca Sanaes, the couple are believed to be releasing a whole set of new episodes in time for this Christmas.
Another source said: “When Harry and Meghan signed the Spotify deal in December, they didn’t really have a full audio team behind them, there were no scripts ready and they hadn’t made podcasts before. The holiday special episode was whacked together but, even though it was well received by fans, it was hard for them to pull off.”
Harry and Meghan began looking for commercial deals after they were cut off by the Prince’s family following their decision to break away from all Royal duties.
The pair now live in a £11million mansion in Montecito, California.
Angela Levin, Prince Harry ’s biographer, said: “Harry and Meghan want to do too many things at the same time.”
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Legal experts say Harry and Meghan will need to meet any deadlines stipulated in their contract to secure the funds.
Alex Cook, Partner at Helix Law, a specialist litigation firm of solicitors, added: “It might be considered embarrassing for Harry, Megan and Spotify equally to air any dispute publicly and it wouldn’t be surprising if there are private commercial arbitration clauses to manage any disputes between them all.”
Archewell Audio was approached for comment while Spotify said last night: “Big things are coming. Stay tuned.”