Meghan Markle & Prince Harry rake in staggering £486k per MINUTE after releasing 37 minutes in £18m Spotify podcast deal12/25/2021
MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry are still on track to rake in a staggering £486,000 per MINUTE for their work with Spotify – after releasing less than an hour of content in a year.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex signed a megabucks podcast deal worth a reported £18million with the streaming giant last year – but until now, have shared just 37 minutes of material.
Spotify said the venture's "first complete series" was expected in 2021, following a three minute trailer and 34 minute Christmas special from the Sussexes last year.
But one year on, fans are yet to hear any more, meaning Meghan and Harry could be paid £486,486.486 for every minute they've produced so far.
Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams told The Sun Online: “It is interesting regarding Spotify because if you look at several of the Sussexes activities you find they’ve not actually done a great deal.
“I think given the way the Sussexes think, they do things their own way and that would have been very clear to Spotify, Netflix and any future sources that want deals with them.
“They therefore won’t feel pressurised. How the next year is going to develop is going to be fascinating.”
Company chiefs were last month said to have given Archewell Audio a “gentle nudge” to finish the content and protect the future of the multimillion-pound partnership.
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And it's understood Harry and Meghan, who hired veteran podcast producer Rebecca Sanaes as their head of audio in August, will announce a raft of new episodes in time for Christmas.
One source said recently: “Spotify were delighted when they signed the couple, but the lack of content has mystified them.
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“Particularly as they seem to have no problem producing content for other platforms.”
The couple have spoken candidly on a number of other podcasts and shows this year including Dax Shephard’s Armchair Expert podcast, the Ellen Show and their bombshell Oprah interview.
But they've also had a lot to contend with this year, including the birth of their second child and a global pandemic.
Mr Fitzwilliams added: "You never know how that might have effected what they would have done otherwise."
It is understood the couple were not paid their full £18million fee from Spotify up front.
That would mean the entire value of their deal will only be honoured if obligations are met — including regular content.
Spotify previously said "big things are coming" and urged listeners to "stay tuned".
They have been approached for further comment.
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