Just 1 episode of Harry and Meghan’s £18m podcast has been produced since 2020

Since moving away from royal life, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have looked at branching out on their own.

The pair announced a huge deal with Spotify in December 2020 but very little has been seen from it since.

The Sussexes earned millions from the deal, but little has been produced since, while fans and interested observers await keenly for more content.

Only one episode has been produced since the deal was announced with the streaming giant well over a year ago.

Now Spotify is advertising for a senior producer to work with Gimlet Projects and "a new show development team that develops and launches new podcasts for Spotify".

It will work with Harry and Meghan's audio production company.

So what has gone wrong and why has only one episode been produced?

Harry and Meghan Spotify deal

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In December 2020, the pair announced Archewell Audio to great fanfare.

But only one episode has been produced despite an enormous deal that added a huge amount to the personal wealth of the couple.

"2020 Archewell Audio Holiday Special" remains the only edition.

Its description reads: "Curated throughout the month of December, join them as they reflect on the year, speak openly about the power of compassion, and toast to a helpful 2021."

Spotify defends the deal

Spotify said at the time it hopes the podcast "uplifts and entertains audiences around the world" and features "diverse perspectives and voices".

It defended its business model in February 2021 after musicians complained they don't receive enough royalties from streaming services, while celebrities secure huge deals.

One Spotify boss was questioned by parliament's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.

Horacio Gutierrez, Chief Legal Officer for Spotify, defended the choice of Harry and Meghan as partners.

He said: "Like a lot of our services, there is a market for certain talent because they command a certain amount of consumption.

"We don’t get to negotiate directly with artists the way we negotiate with podcasters or people who create podcasts so the structure of that market is very different.

"The product is valued based on how many users it can attract, how many streams it will attract."

How much was Harry and Meghan's Spotify deal?

A whopping £18million was given to the pair for the deal, meaning the couple have technically earned £500,00 per minute of produced content.

However, as reported by the Mirror, the couple is unlikely to have been given the full figure upfront.

Media lawyer Ian Penman said: "It would not be an unfair assumption that perhaps their popularity was not as great as maybe they or indeed Spotify initially felt."

He explained that a small advance is likely to have been paid to the couple and speculated they may have the right to back out the contract if it wasn't popular.

"I think you could draw a conclusion that if [Spotify] haven't exercised the option on the next episode of the podcast, then maybe they did not have the popularity that either Meghan and Harry expected or indeed Spotify anticipated," he added.

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