Spotify's massive deal with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry has now reportedly become a "regret." The company "very much" rues making and closing the contract following the couple's failure to launch.
A source told Us Weekly for its February 14 issue that the platform is "very upset" with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. They cannot even talk to or get in touch with the former working royals to discuss the matter.
There is little information as to why the couple, alongside their foundation, have yet to produce any significant audio series for Spotify. But, reports said that the podcast arm of the pair's production company, Archewell Audio appears to be experiencing "growing pains" these days.
In maintaining the narrative, the insider continued that Spotify even had to make its own move to get its money's worth. As alleged, they paid Meghan Markle and Prince Harry about $25 million for the deal.
The company reportedly had to hire producers to try and produce content under the said deal. "They are really struggling to make it work," causing the regret to arise.
It is noted, though, that Spotify will not take legal action against the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. As of now, they are allegedly doing "everything in their power" to resolve the matter.
The deal with Spotify first emerged when Meghan Markle and Prince Harry released an official announcement in December 2020. They said that they love podcasting because it serves as a reminder for everyone to "take a moment," as well as "listen," and "connect to one another without distraction."
The former working royals did not, however, dive into the details of the podcast partnership. The same, also, applies to the contract amount, although reports at the time believe that they received tens of millions from the company.
More than a year after, though, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have yet to release any content on the platform. Sources revealed that Spotify has finally taken matters into their hands because it had been taking too long, according to Express UK.
Spotify's stepping in to help Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made headlines in January. Reports learned that the company was recruiting new staff members to work with Archewell, alongside the two former working members of the British Monarchy.
As claimed, the new recruits would have six-month Los Angeles-based contracts. They would work on material featuring "the voices of high profile women."
Gimlet Projects, which is the platform's podcast development team, reportedly posted the recruitment advertisement on its sites. It, also, stated that they are "assembling a show team" to build and launch new content with Archewell.