In December 2020, the Sussex royals released their first episode of Archewell Audio exclusively on Spotify, featuring celebrities Sir Elton John and James Corden. However, since then the Sussex royals have not released any other episodes, meaning their deal with Spotify has seen them paid for just 37 minutes of content.
According to reports from 2020, Meghan and Harry are paid £18million by Spotify to record exclusive content.
Under the terms of their deal, and despite only releasing one episode of their podcast, the Duke and Duchess have been paid £486,486.486 per minute of Archewell.
In February 2021, Horacio Gutierrez, head of global affairs and chief legal officer for Spotify agreed the royals were “box office” for the streaming service.
He refused to confirm how much the royals were paid for their Archewell Audio series, but said: “They’re not doing it for free.”
Speaking to The Sun Online, royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams said the Sussex deal with Spotify was “interesting”.
He said: “It is interesting regarding Spotify because if you look at several of the Sussexes activities you find they’ve not actually done a great deal.
“I think given the way the Sussexes think, they do things their own way and that would have been very clear to Spotify, Netflix and any future sources that want deals with them.
“They therefore won’t feel pressurised. How the next year is going to develop is going to be fascinating.”
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