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Prince Harry and Megan Markle end their Spotify podcast deal

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Prince Harry and Megan Markle’s lucrative deal to produce podcasts for Spotify has ended. The audio streaming giant and the production company Archewell Audio, launched by the Sussexes, said in a joint statement: “Spotify and Archewell Audio have mutually agreed to part ways and are proud of the series we made together.”  The royals’ deal with Spotify was reported to have been made in 2020 for a reported $25 million.

The couple produced just one series, “Archetypes,” a podcast launched in August 2022 hosted by Markle that sought to “investigate, dissect, and subvert the labels that try to hold women back,” under their Archewell Audio podcast imprint. A representative for Spotify said the decision meant that Archetypes would not be renewed for a second season, as was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

Archetypes saw celebrities including Serena Williams, Mariah Carey, Mindy Kaling, Constance Wu, Jameela Jamil and Paris Hilton featured, and won the top podcast award at the People’s Choice Award in Los Angeles.

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