Spotify urged to ‘ask for money back’ from £15m podcast deal with Meghan Markle

In early 2020, Meghan and her husband Prince Harry quit as working members of the Royal Family before moving from the UK to the US and just weeks later, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex signed a multi-year deal with Spotify, worth a reported £15million. At the end of that same year, they released a holiday special podcast episode which featured celebrity guests, as well as their young son Archie. On Tuesday, Spotify dropped teaser clips of Archetypes, a new series in which Meghan Markle speaks to celebrity guests and investigates “the labels that try to hold women back”.

The podcast – a co-production between Archewell Audio, Gimlet and Spotify – is the first product of the audio branch of the couple’s Archewell brand – other than the holiday special from December 2020.

Retweeting a teaser clip from Spotify featuring Meghan, GB News presenter Darren Grimes wrote: “Spotify reportedly gave the pair $18million for this podcast two years ago. Here, finally, is some material.

“I wonder at which point they’ll ask for their money back.”

In one teaser clip posted by the streaming giant on its Twitter page, Meghan says of the podcast series: “People should expect the real me in this and probably the me that they have never gotten to know.

“Certainly not in the past few years where everything is through the lens of the media, as opposed to: ‘Hey, it’s me’.

“I’m just excited to be myself and talk and bed unfiltered and yeah, it’s fun.”

The first episode sees tennis legend and close friend Serena Williams speak to Meghan about ambition, how both women juggle motherhood, and her evolution.

Also joining the conversation is Professor Laura Kray from the University of California, Berkeley, who expands on ambition as it relates to gender.

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She will speak to historians and experts to “uncover the origin of these stereotypes and have uncensored conversations with women who know all too well how these typecasts shape our narratives”.

In a teaser when the series was announced, Meghan said: “This is how we talk about women, the words that raise our girls, and how the media reflects women back to us.

“But where do these stereotypes come from?

“And how do they keep showing up and defining our lives?

“This is Archetypes – the podcast where we dissect, explore, and subvert the labels that try to hold women back.

“I’ll have conversations with women who know all too well how these typecasts shape our narratives.

“And I’ll talk to historians to understand how we even got here in the first place.”

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