Since signing with streaming giant Spotify in 2020, the royal couple have released only one podcast on December 29, 2020, which caused backlash over the lack of content. The debut podcast featured a glamorous lineup including Elton John, Tyler Perry, Stacey Abrams and James Corden and even baby Archie.
The holiday special also featured José Andrés, Brené Brown, Deepak Chopra and Naomi Osaka.
Since then, Archewell has hired Rebecca Sananes, formerly the lead producer for Vox Media and New York magazine’s Pivot podcast, as the studio’s head of audio.
Producer Ben Browning also joined last year as head of content for both Archewell Audio and Archewell Productions.
The Duke and Duchess’ production company Archewell Audio announced the partnership, which was estimated to be worth $33 million, in 2020 with the goal to “build community through shared experience, narratives and values”.
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The announcement comes after many musicians began leaving Spotify in January as a protest of Joe Rogan’s podcast which was accused of spreading Covid misinformation.
Harry and Meghan were among celebrities speaking out and through an Archewell Foundation spokesperson said they had expressed “concerns” to Spotify about its policies.
The Archewell Foundation representative said at the time: “We have continued to express our concerns to Spotify to ensure changes to its platform are made to help address this public health crisis.
“We look to Spotify to meet this moment and are committed to continuing our work together as it does.”
Following the backlash, Spotify began adding content advisory labels to podcasts which feature Covid discussions and published its platform rules.