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Meghan and Harry discuss the motives behind the podcast in February

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have had an eventful year, including their Oprah Winfrey interview, the arrival of their second child Lilibet and the death of Prince Philips. Today, December 29, it’s been a year since the Sussexes released the first episode of their Archewell Audio podcast. Following the announcement that the royals had signed a reported deal of £ 18m. with streaming giant Spotify, much was expected of Meghan and Harry. They produced a 35-minute episode in which they invited famous faces, including Sir Elton John and James Corden, to discuss how they had handled the pandemic and their own hopes for the future.

Archie also appeared briefly and wished the listeners a “Happy New Year” with Harry and Meghan laughing as he did so.

But since then, they have not produced another minute of content.

According to The Sun, they have earned a staggering £ 486,000 per minute for their work so far. Others, however, have suggested that Spotify would almost certainly not have paid the full fee in advance, but instead a small advance.

Harry and Meghan have also signed a multi-million pound deal with Netflix. Royal expert Russell Myers warned, however, that the streaming giants will have their “pound of meat” at some point.

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Meghan and Harry’s podcast is nowhere to be seen a year after the first episode was released. (Image: GETTY)

Meghan, Harry and Archie

Archie appeared surprisingly in the only episode of the pod so far. (Image: GETTY)

Pod Save The Queen is hosted by Mr Myers, Mirror’s Royal Editor, and Zoe Forsey.

In a speech in January, Mr Myers said: “They want to try to find out where Harry and Meghan’s future lies and whether it is to continue with this tumor by signing up for projects with these massive companies that will no doubt have their pound of the end of it.

“I do not think they’ll just give tens of millions of pounds to Harry and Meghan just to discard podcasts like they did in the pilot episode we heard recently.

“As nice as it was, I do not think it breaks any new path.

Harry and Meghan in New York

Meghan and Harry’s busy schedule has been touted as a possible explanation. (Image: GETTY)

“And certainly the money being given to Harry and Meghan, they’ll probably want them to do something a little more meaty.

“And whether that means showing their lives in California, or whether it means doing historical projects about the royal family or talking about their position before Megxit …”

Sussexes hired veteran podcast producer Rebecca Sanaes as their head of sound in August, with exciting projects reportedly in the pipeline.

A Spotify source recently told The Sun: “Spotify was happy when they signed the couple, but the lack of content has mystified them.

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Royal expert Russell Myers said streaming giants want their “pound of meat” at some point. (Image: GETTY)

“Especially since they do not seem to have any problem producing content for other platforms.”

Media lawyer Ian Penman, who specializes in music streaming contracts, recently told that Spotify may have overestimated the popularity of Meghan and Harry.

He said: “It would not be an unfair assumption that their popularity might not be as great as they might or actually Spotify originally felt.

‘I think one could draw a conclusion that if [Spotify] have not taken advantage of the opportunity in the next episode of the podcast, they may not have had the popularity that neither Meghan and Harry expected nor actually expected Spotify. “

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It is still unclear if and when the next episode will be released. (Image: GETTY)

Sir. Penman stressed that Spotify would not have lost if the deal did not go exactly as planned.

He explained that when musicians sign big deals, they do not receive all the money they are entitled to on day one.

He said: “When they talk about a £ 18 million Spotify podcast deal, it probably means they’ve signed their first product, in this case a podcast – then they have many, many options for additional products.”

He added: “If all these opportunities are exploited and we do not know how many podcasts it relates to, it could be that the total money spent by Spotify is £ 18 million.

“So, have they lost any money today? Probably not a penny.”

The lack of content can possibly be explained by Meghan and Harry’s busy schedules.

In addition to raising their second child, the Oprah Winfrey interview and various other commitments, Meghan has published the children’s book ‘The Bench’, while Harry became chief impact officer at mental health start-up ‘BetterUp’, according to Mercury News.

It’s still unclear when Meghan and Harry’s next podcast episode will be released, if at all.

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