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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s empire is ‘crumbling’ as Spotify ends podcast deal: specialists

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s American media empire is starting to “crumble,” royal specialists declare.

Following the stunning information that Spotify is not going to be renewing Markle’s “Archetypes” podcast, two monarchy professionals say this may very well be simply the beginning of a downfall.

Biographer Angela Levin informed the Solar that the pair’s “worth isn’t as excessive because it was as soon as” and predicted that their future initiatives can be “a catastrophe.”

She additionally tweeted concerning their Spotify departure, “A big cross highway for Harry and Meghan. Ouch!”

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams seconded Levin’s evaluation, calling the tip of the Sussexes’ profitable podcast deal an abject “failure.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Global Citizen Live concert.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s media empire has been dealt a blow claims royal specialists.
Meghan Markle new Spotify podcast "Archetypes."
Spotify introduced Thursday that there is not going to be a second season of Markle’s “Archetypes” podcast.

“The concept was that a number of collection can be produced,” he informed the Solar. “Since just one was, there’s little doubt the contract may very well be thought-about a failure. Clearly, this relationship hasn’t been as mutually helpful.”

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It was introduced Thursday Harry, 38, and Markle, 41, had been slicing ties with Spotify a scant three years after signing a $20 million deal.

Meghan Markle sitting on a couch talking.
Spotify and Archewell Audio mentioned their parting was a mutual choice.

It was additionally revealed that Markle’s podcast, “Archetypes,” is not going to be getting a second season regardless of garnering excessive scores when it debuted final yr.

An insider informed The Put up that the duo didn’t produce sufficient content material to justify their full multi-million-dollar payout.

In a joint assertion, Spotify and Archewell Audio — the couple’s firm — mentioned they’ve “mutually agreed to half methods and are happy with the collection we made collectively.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in NY in May 2023.
The Spotify deal was mentioned to be value $20 million.
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After all, the US-based couple received’t must clip coupons simply but; they nonetheless have a five-year cope with Netflix, reputed to be value round $100 million.

The previous senior royals is probably not executed with podcasting altogether, nevertheless.

“Meghan is continuous to develop extra content material for the Archetypes viewers on one other platform,” an Archewell Productions spokeswoman informed The Wall Road Journal.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle walking outside in September, 2022.
Markle not too long ago signed a cope with expertise company WME.
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“Archetypes” — which was hosted by the “Fits” alum — was created to “examine, dissect and subvert the labels that attempt to maintain ladies again.”

The present produced weekly episodes and featured movie star friends together with Paris Hilton, Mariah Carey, and Mindy Kaling.

meghan markle, prince harry with their kids
The Sussexes dwell in California with their kids, Prince Archie, 4, and Princess Lilibet, 2.

Markle, who moved to California with Harry after relinquishing their duties as senior royals in 2020, is seemingly intent on changing into a media mover and shaker, having not too long ago signed with expertise company WME in April.

“This deal is about making Meghan an influence participant in Hollywood,” an insider informed Web page Six on the time.

“Although she is, after all, an actress, this isn’t about motion pictures or exhibits for Meghan to star in, it’s about creating initiatives for her to supply – she needs to run the present.”

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