In late 2020, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle signed a multimillion-dollar deal with Spotify to create compelling podcast content that will help people “connect to one another without distraction.” Well, it’s now been over a year and the couple have hardly lived up to Spotify’s lofty ambitions, and now reports indicate that the podcast giant is planning to take over production for the couple to ensure they actually work.
Per a report from The Sun, Harry and Meghan are frustrating their podcast overlords, and now Gimlet Productions, which is owned by Spotify, is now taking over the reigns from the former royal couple.
A job advert for a senior producer role shares some of the necessary details: “We’re currently assembly a show team that will build and launch a new original show with Archewell featuring the voices of high profile women.
“The ideal candidate has experience working with high-profile talent, and an interest in the intersection of social activism and popular culture.”
It sounds like the description of the couple’s podcast has changed since they aired their initial 35-minute episode in December 2020.
In the initial joint statement, the couple and Spotify shared a vision: “What we love about podcasting is that it reminds all of us to take a moment and to really listen, to connect to one another without distraction. With the challenges of 2020, there has never been a more important time to do so, because when we hear each other, and hear each other’s stories, we are reminded of how interconnected we all are.”
Apparently, that description has changed some what. Instead of having a broader appeal, it seems like the podcast going to become an avenue for Meghan to explore and network with influential women.
This change came after nearly a year of nothing to show for apparently a multimillion-dollar contract. Spotify has seemingly taken over the production from the couple’s own production company, Archewell Audio.
A source close to the project shares: “Spotify has been waiting a long time for some content from Harry and Meghan and now it appears they have finally taken matters into their own hands.
“Hiring a raft of in-house talent on Spotify’s side will ensure they finally squeeze something out of them as they bid to honor their contract.”
Most interesting, the positions are only six month contracts, as if Spotify is thinking that the couple will flake out after just six months or that people can only work for the demanding couple for about six months.
Either way, it’s not a good sign and is a poor prospects for their future in Hollywood. Unfortunately for them, a royal title may get your foot in the door but it only goes so far. If they want to succeed, they must actually work and create engaging content.
Harry is beyond useless in this profession, he barely graduated high school, and Meghan is not much better. As an actress, her range was incredibly limited and she has been called out several times for plagiarism.
Spotify is perhaps the first in the entertainment industry to learn that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are all hype. They may have a royal title, but producers they are not. And if they can’t start producing material soon, they will quickly find their prospects dwindling.