Despite inking deals with the streaming giants thought to score them well over $100 million, little content has come from the partnership.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are under increasing scrutiny when it comes to delivering on their Spotify and Netflix mega-deals, even as the couple launches a five-month leave from work after producing only a single podcast for the streaming giant last December and getting a single documentary series underway, Express reports.
After ditching the UK and senior royal life and getting cut off from the royal purse, Meghan and Harry sought to fund their lavish lifestyle by signing deals with Netflix and Spotify said to bring them well over $100 million all told.
And although the Spotify deal is thought to be worth some $25 million, all the duke and duchess have provided for their paycheck from that company is a holiday episode that critics slammed as a dull and anodyne tossed salad of celebrities uttering hackneyed self-help aphorisms.
The couple launched a new venture, Archwell Audio, at the beginning of the year. But the entity has resulted in no actual output so far.
Royal watchers should not expect any new content to be released any time soon either, as the couple just took a five-month hiatus from their working lives to bond with their newborn daughter Lilibet Diana.
Royal commentator Phil Dampier weighed in on Harry and Meghan Markle’s unproductive Spotify deal, telling Express, “We’re being told they’re having up to five months off and people who are paying them a lot of money will expect something in return.”
Dampier continued: “They seem to be using up a lot of ammunition very early and putting a lot of stuff out there in terms of deals and agreements with lots of firms.”
He suggested that the couple might “have too much on their plate.”
The Mirror reports that royal expert Angela Levin, who is never one to pull punches where Meghan and Harry are concerned, gave the couple a dressing down on a recent episode of talkRADIO. She slammed them as lazy loafers who expect big paydays for very little effort.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been accused of wanting to see ‘the money rolling in’ without doing much in return, by a royal biographer.
Criticizing Meghan Markle and Harry for not making good on their deal with the streaming company, Levin said they “don’t want to pay anything, they want to get the money rolling in with very little in return and that’s been shown with Spotify.”
Levin continued: “They’ve done one extremely boring podcast of half an hour where people like Elton John were complaining they couldn’t take their private planes out of the country.”
When Spotify announced the deal in December, the company said that the duke and duchess “will host and produce podcasts that build community through shared experience, narratives, and values.”
Express reports that Meghan and Harry have been warned that Spotify may be losing patience with their lack of productivity.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been warned by a royal commentator that Spotify could “take action” against them over their podcast for the streaming service.
“I think Spotify is going to take action in August unless they make up their minds,” Levin said of how the company may pressure Meghan Markle and Harry to get a move on and start cranking out podcasts.
News.com.au notes that nearly a year has passed since news broke of Harry and Meghan’s Netflix deal, with little to show for that contract as well.
Thus far, the only project that the couple’s Archewell Productions clearly has in the works is a documentary about the Invictus Games, of which Harry has long been a devoted patron.
Given the estimated $131 million the couple has received for the mega-deal with Netflix, this breaks down to $437,000 per day since they inked the deal.
Dutiful duke and duchessing certainly never paid this well.