The world was left stunned when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their departure from the British Royal Family in early 2020. Since then, the couple has been making headlines with their every move. One of their latest ventures was launching their podcast production company, Archewell Audio, in partnership with Spotify. However, the partnership has come to an abrupt halt after the only debut podcast series, "Archetypes."
Now, let's go ahead and take a closer look at what led to the end of this deal. Here is what you need to know about the end of the Spotify and Archewell Audio partnership.
The deal ends less than a year after the royal couple's debut podcast, "Archetypes," first aired
Markle's debut podcast, "Archetypes," aired on December 29, 2020. The podcast series featured conversations with "amazing people from all walks of life." And aimed to provide "a glimpse into their experiences and lessons learned." However, it seems that the podcast did not meet expectations. Thus, leading to the termination of the partnership.
Spotify breaks the silence confirming that they have “pulled the plug”
In February 2021, Spotify signed a multi-year agreement with Archewell Audio that was reportedly worth millions of dollars. The deal was meant to bring “powerful storytelling” to listeners around the world. However, the streaming giant has since announced that they have pulled the plug on the partnership after just one podcast series.
In a statement, Spotify said, “We do not have any plans for new work with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at this time.” However, the podcast-sharing platform suggests that working with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex was a “moment of pride.”
The reason for the end of the partnership remains unclear
While there has been no official statement from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle regarding the end of the partnership, speculations are rife about what led to its demise. Some have suggested that the couple failed to deliver on the promises made during the negotiations. Similarly, others believe that the podcast's lack of popularity may have been a factor.
The Future of Archewell Audio is Uncertain
The end of the Spotify partnership has raised questions about the future of Archewell Audio. It is unclear whether the company will continue to produce podcasts. Or, if this marks the end of their venture in this industry. Only time will tell.
However, the couple has stated that they remain committed to their Archewell Foundation, which focuses on supporting various charitable causes around the world.
The Final Word
The end of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Spotify deal after the only debut podcast may come as a surprise to many. While there are speculations surrounding what led to the partnership's demise, there is still no official statement from either party.
As of now, it remains unclear what the future holds for Archewell Audio, and whether the couple will continue with their podcast production company. Nonetheless, there is no denying that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex remain committed to making a difference with their Archewell Foundation.