The real reason Meghan Markle’s ‘Archetypes’ was cancelled

"It wasn't making consumers happy."
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Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has shone new light on why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s reported $32 million dollar Spotify deal was scrapped, after the less-than-impressive success of Archetypes. 

When the news that Archetypes would not be returning for a second season first broke in June, it came as no surprise given the podcast had dropped dramatically in the charts from number one when the first episode premiered, to barely ranking at all. 

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Speaking with BBC’s Zoe Kleinman, Daniel revealed that the podcast was axed because it “wasn’t making consumers happy.”

“Five years ago Spotify was nowhere in podcasting. We thought new innovation was needed to happen here,” he said. 

“We thought we could come in and offer a great experience that both makes consumers very happy and allows new creators new avenues,” he continued.

“And the truth of the matter is some of it has worked, some of it hasn’t. We’re learning from those and we are moving on and we wish all of the ones we didn’t renew with the best of success they can have going forward.”

Archetypes was reportedly axed due to “not making consumers happy.” (Credit: Getty)

In a joint statement released by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex through their company Archewell Audio and Spotify, they stated that they had “mutually agreed to part ways” and were “proud of the series” both parties had made together. 

But despite the amicable nature of the statement, the decision to cut the deal short may have more sinister undertones, with leading Spotify executive Bill Simmons slamming the royal couple in a podcast of his own. 

“The f****** grifters! That’s the podcast we should have launched with them,” the American exclaimed angrily. 

“I’ve got to get drunk one night and tell the story of the Zoom I had with Harry to try and help him with a podcast idea. It’s one of my best stories,” he added.

For those unaware, to be labelled as a grifter means that a person “engages in petty or small-scale swindling.”

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Meghan Markle’s podcast will not continue at Spotify. (Credit: Spotify)

Alongside the joint statement, a spokesperson for Archewell Audio revealed that the royals would continue to “develop content for the Archetypes audience on another platform.” 

The ‘Archetypes audience’ may no longer be referred to as such, however, with Meghan and Harry’s trademark application for their podcast name being rejected.

Declined due to ‘likelihood of confusion’, reports show that the couple’s lawyer has applied for another three months to work on the Archetypes application.

And whilst the podcast may live on for a second season elsewhere, the Sussex’s have been dealt a heavy financial blow with their multi-million dollar Spotify-funded payday cancelled.

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Princess Diana’s former butler, Paul Burrell claims this is due to the couple’s lack of understanding regarding the type of content they were expected to deliver.

In conversation with Slingo, he asserted: “Obviously, Spotify was a money-making exercise as much as Netflix was and I think that Harry and Meghan both misunderstood what was expected of them.”

“Of course, both Spotify and Netflix wanted royal content. After all, that’s what they’re famous for.”

“Both Netflix and Spotify signed up for that content, for their story, for their experience with the royal family and sadly, I think it’s been shortcoming,” he added.

Curiously, a source close to the situation has also revealed to the New York Post that Spotify executives were also disappointed by the output from Archewell Audio. 

During its 12-episode run, Meghan invited several of her celebrity friends such as Jameela JamilSerena Williams, Mariah Carey, and Paris Hilton to speak on topics close to her heart. 

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The future of Archetypes remains unclear. (Credit: Getty)

Does Meghan Markle have her own podcast?

Yes, Meghan Markle has her own podcast. It is called Archetypes. 

What is Archetypes podcast about?

Meghan Markle invites various guests – such as Serena Williams, Paris Hilton, Mariah Carey, Mindy Kaling, and more – to “dissect, explore and subvert the labels that try to hold women back”.

Where can I listen to Archetypes

Archetypes is exclusively available on Spotify. 

It is not yet clear if the first (and only season) will remain on the streaming platform, or will move to another. 

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