Spotify taking Harry and Meghan deal ‘into its own hands’ after zero content for one year


SPOTIFY is taking Harry and Meghan’s £18million podcast deal “into its own hands”, a source said, after the couple failed to produce any content over the last year.

“We’re looking for experienced Producers to join a team that will launch an exciting new weekly show, based in Los Angeles.

“The ideal candidates have a background in audio production, and experience working with high profile talent.

“They thrive under deadline pressure like to work collaboratively to solve problems.

“Producers will be involved in research, story development, talent management, recording/field producing, writing and editing.

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Spotify is taking Harry and Meghan’s £18million podcast deal ‘into its own hands’, a source said (Image: Getty)

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex signed a deal with Spotify in December 2020 (Image: Getty)

“The right candidates have a strong sense of creativity, curiosity, and empathy.

“They are interested in the intersection of social activism and popular culture.”

The advert also notes that Gimlet Projects “often involve Spotify’s high-profile collaborators”.

A source close to the project told the Sun: “Spotify has been waiting a long time for some content from Harry and Meghan and now it appears they have finally taken matters into their own hands.”

In a statement announcing the podcast partnership in December 2020, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said: “What we love about podcasting is that it reminds all of us to take a moment and to really listen, to connect to one another without distraction.

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The media giant appears to be stepping in to help the couple deliver content (Image: Getty)


A recruitment advert was posted by Gimlet Projects, Spotify’s podcast development team (Image: Getty)

“With the challenges of 2020, there has never been a more important time to do so, because when we hear each other, and hear each other’s stories, we are reminded of how interconnected we all are.”

But in spite of the £18million deal signed by Meghan and Harry, a media lawyer told that the couple may not actually receive the full amount.

Speaking in December 2021 – one year after the deal was signed – Ian Penman, who specialises in music streaming contracts, claimed that the podcasts are likely to have been less popular than Spotify and the royal couple expected.

He said that they are unlikely to have paid the full £18million upfront and are instead likely to have paid the Duke and Duchess of Sussex a small advance, retaining the right to back out of the contract if the first episode was not popular.

He said: “It’s famously the case in music deals, this goes back decades, that when people talk about a large deal, like Robbie Williams signing a deal for £15m or something, it does not mean he gets £15m on day one.

“So the problem you have here, I would imagine, is that when they talk about an £18m Spotify podcast deal, it probably means that they have signed their first product, in this case a podcast – they then have many, many options for further products.

“All those options are in Spotify’s favour. Make no mistake, they’re not in Meghan and Harry’s favour.

“If all those options are exercised, and we don’t know how many podcasts that relates to, it may be that the total money spent by Spotify is £18m.”

Archewell has been contacted for comment.


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