Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are being slated for only releasing one episode of their podcast, despite having signed a deal worth $25 million.
The couple has been described as “having too much on their plate” following the birth of their daughter, Lilibet Diana, at the beginning of this month.
The episode, titled A Holiday Special, was released in December 2020 on their Archewell Audio channel and has a running time of thirty-five minutes.
“We’re glad you’re here,” Harry begins the podcast, “As we all know, it’s been a year. And we really want to honor the compassion and kindness that has helped so many people get through it.”
In the podcast, the couple speaks to famous faces such as Sir Elton John and James Corden, as well as prominent figures such as tennis champion Naomi Osaka, author Deepak Chopra, spoken word performer George The Poet, filmmaker Tyler Perry and British climate and food activist Christina Adane.
However, royal expert Phil Dampier has slammed the couple by saying the streaming giant will be expecting “something in return.”
Dampier questioned whether the couple may ‘have too much on their plate’.
They allegedly had signed numerous deals and agreements before the birth of daughter Lilibet Diana Mountbatten Windsor earlier this month.
Dampier told local media, “We’re being told they’re having up to 5months off, and people who are paying them a lot of money will expect something in return.”
In a joint statement after signing the deal with Spotify last year, the couple said: “What we love about podcasting is that it reminds all of us to take a moment and to really listen, to connect to one another without distraction. With the challenges of 2020, there has never been a more important time to do so, because when we hear each other, and hear each other’s stories, we are reminded of how interconnected we all are.”
It is understood that the couple will be paid in full for the deal when the work is done, the Sun reports.
Harry and Meghan have been in the media’s eye since stepping down from royal duties in January 2020. The couple has had many endeavors, including Harry’s producing debut with Oprah Winfrey for Apple TV: The Me You Can’t See.
Meghan took on her own venture, releasing her book The Bench on June 8th to critical dismay. Nevertheless, the book is now a New York Times bestseller.
Following the birth of their daughter Lilibet on June 4th, the couple has said they intend on taking a 5-month hiatus from work to spend time with their children.
In September, 6 months after their split from the House of Windsor, the duo signed a multi-year deal with Netflix.
They hope to produce documentaries, series, feature films, scripted shows, and children’s programming.
“Our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope,” the couple said in a statement at the time of the announcement, per the New York Times, “As new parents, making inspirational family programming is also important to us.” They added that Netflix’s “unprecedented reach will help us share impactful content that unlocks action.”
Though it remains unconfirmed, estimates and reports peg the value of the deal north of $100 million.
One of the first projects under the pair’s Netflix deal will be an animated series focused on inspiring women, which is reportedly already in development.
But, a future in streaming was not a considered possible at the time of the couple’s split from Windsor.
“Life is about storytelling,” Meghan said back in March, “For us to be able to have storytelling through a truthful lens that is hopefully uplifting is going to be great, knowing how many people that can land with and be able to give a voice to a lot of people that are underrepresented and aren’t really heard.”
Make sure to stay posted for updates on the Sussexes and their latest ventures.