Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s show is beginning to lose its professional luster. It’s been a year since Netflix canceled Meghan Markle’s animated series pearl, their Spotify podcast was also chopped up. In December 2020, after settling in California, the Duke and Duchess announced a tempting $20 million deal with top podcast platform Spotify. But the partnership, which was touted as content-rich, has not quite lived up to its promise. In the space of two and a half years, the couple’s podcast produced only one season of Markle’s Archetype. The project was canceled on June 16th, leaving many wondering what caused the high-profile failure.
Spotify has cut costs by canceling a number of high-profile deals, and recently laid off 200 employees (2% of its workforce), signaling a shift in the company’s long-term strategy. there is But Bloomberg’s Ashley Carman, whose weekly newsletter on podcasting, the music industry and audio trends, said Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s cancellation didn’t come up with a good idea and didn’t produce much content. I wrote that it was the body.
Carman continues to investigate and interview people to find out why Prince Harry did nothing on the Spotify platform. Both Spotify and Archewell (Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s production company) declined to comment, but Archewell’s website still has language announcing the partnership with Spotify. “Harry spoke with multiple producers and production companies to discuss possible shows. things, etc., mostly stuck with their own ideas,” Kerman wrote. Concept: Harry interviews a series of controversial guests, including: [Russian President] Vladimir Putin, [Facebook founder] with Mark Zuckerberg [former US President] Donald Trump talks about their formative years and how those experiences shaped their lives as adults.
The thoughts that swirled in the prince’s head were quickly dismissed as unrealistic by those around him. Neither Mr. Trump nor Mr. Putin are usually inclined to do that kind of interview, much less about their personal lives and childhoods. And if they allowed such an interview, it would not be an interview with an exiled prince with paradoxical views. In fact, President Trump publicly criticized his and his wife when they called for support for Trump’s political opponents in the 2020 election shortly after leaving royal duties. “I’m not a fan of her,” Trump said of Meghan. She says, “She tells something she’s probably heard before. She wishes Harry the best of luck – he’ll need it.”
Prince Harry also apparently had ideas for a podcast about fatherhood, and one that would cover major social conversations episodicly, from climate change to religion. In the latter case, Prince Harry wanted Pope Francis as a guest. None of these came to fruition. The only content they produced was 12 episodes of Markle chatting with people like Serena Williams, Paris Hilton and Mariah Carey. sex and the city Author Candace Bushnell. After some excitement when it launched in August 2022, public interest in the podcast has waned.
Ashley Carman says the pandemic has also taken a toll on the couple’s podcasting project. Not only because of lockdowns and difficulties with interviews, but also because many celebrities with nothing to do at home have started their own podcasts. The proliferation of celebrity-produced content has saturated the market, and many projects have been derailed as platforms begin to terminate celebrity contracts or lay off workers such as Spotify.
Spotify is flooded with negative comments about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s poor work. Earlier this year, the company’s head of podcast innovation and monetization, Bill Simmons, didn’t hesitate to criticize the royal family on his podcast. Simmons said he was “embarrassed” to be on the same platform as Harry. “What kind of work does he do? It’s one of what are your talents,” he asked. “Why are we listening to you? I don’t care, and you just complain about them.”
Simmons cut into the couple again on a recent episode of The Bill Simmons Podcast. “Fucking crooks, this is the podcast they should have launched… One night I’m going to get drunk and talk about my Zoom call with Harry. I’ll try to help him get the podcast off the ground.” It’s one of my best stories.”
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