MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry’s decision to take a five-month break starting this summer has raised eyebrows after they have produced only one podcast episode for Spotify since they signed a contract last September.
Meghan and Harry claimed they wanted to be “financially independent” from their very first announcement explaining they were going to step back from the monarchy in January last year. But, Harry claimed in his bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey that it was only after his father Prince Charles “literally cut me off” financially that the couple were drawn to streaming services as a new source of income. They signed a deal with Netflix last year of historic value — said to be worth $150million — and a subsequent contract with Spotify, estimated to be worth $25million.
While the couple have announced their first “creative activation” with Netflix, a documentary following athletes training for Harry’s sporting competition the Invictus Games, they only released one 35-minute podcast for Spotify back in December.
There has been radio silence from the Sussexes about their podcast branch of their new venture, Archewell Audio, over the last six months.
When will Harry and Meghan release a new podcast?
Royal watchers should not expect any new content to be released any time soon either, as the couple just took a five-month hiatus from their working lives to bond with their newborn daughter Lilibet Diana.
Royal commentator Phil Dampier warned: “We’re being told they’re having up to five months off and people who are paying them a lot of money will expect something in return.
“They seem to be using up a lot of ammunition very early and putting a lot of stuff out there in terms of deals and agreements with lots of firms.”
He added: “The question might be asked whether they have too much on their plate.”
But, PR expert Mark Borowski said: “Even if the shows haven’t materialised yet, it’s a win-win for Spotify to have two of the most famous people in the world connected to them.”
Still, he added that Harry and Meghan “will be under scrutiny to deliver” content, when speaking to The Sun.
After all, the couple will not receive their full fee until after they have fulfilled all their obligations in their contract with Spotify, which suggests more content should be on the way.
Royal commentator Angela Levin even told talkRADIO that the only episode they have released, their Holiday Special, was “extremely boring”.
She said: “They don’t want to pay anything, they want to get the money rolling in by doing very little in return, that has been shown up with Spotify.
“They were offered an £18million contract, they did one extremely boring podcast for half an hour where people like Elton John were complaining that they could not take their private planes. Read more: daily express
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