Meghan Markle podcast not renewed as Spotify deal ends

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The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle will no longer host the Archetypes podcast on Spotify.

Archetypes premiered on the streaming service last summer as part of Meghan and her husband Prince Harry's overall deal with the streaming platform.

It focused on stereotypes faced by women and featured the former Suits star in conversation with stars including Paris Hilton, Mariah Carey and Serena Williams.

Harry and Meghan signed a contract with Spotify back in 2020, with unconfirmed reports at that time that it was worth around £18m. Archewell Audio and Spotify confirmed the end of their partnership in a joint statement.

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"Spotify and Archewell Audio have mutually agreed to part ways and are proud of the series we made together," the statement read.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson from the WME agency, which represents the duchess, told the Wall Street Journal: "The team behind Archetypes remain proud of the podcast they created at Spotify. Meghan is continuing to develop more content for the Archetypes audience on another platform."

Spotify recently announced changes to its podcast business which included cutting 200 jobs, plus a shift in strategy.

Archetypes won the 2022 People's Choice Award for Podcast of the Year in December.

Writing on the Archewell website in the aftermath, Meghan said: "I loved digging my hands into the process, sitting up late at night in bed, working on the writing and creative.

"And I loved digging deep into meaningful conversation with my diverse and inspiring guests, laughing and learning with them. It has been such a labour of love."

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The royals' last major project was the Netflix docuseries Live to Lead, where figures such as climate activist Greta Thunberg and the prime minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, shared memorandums full of compassion and courage.

A synopsis teased: "Inspired by the iconic legacy of Nelson Mandela, Live to Lead highlights the fundamental values, daily disciplines and guiding principles that leaders employ to motivate others and create meaningful change."

Harry, meanwhile, released his autobiography Spare at the start of the year.

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