Meghan Markle starts Spotify podcast two years after signing £18m deal

Meghan Markle is set to launch her podcast series this summer, over a year after she and husband Prince Harry signed an £18million deal with Spotify to produce content.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex signed the deal with the streaming giant in 2020 with the service "looking forward to a full-scale launch of shows" through their production company Archewell Audio.

There has so far only been a "holiday special", which featured both Meghan, 40, and Harry, 37, which was 35 minutes long and was released shortly after the deal was made public.

Now, Meghan has announced the podcast will release new content from this summer onwards. The couple's Archewell Foundation also opened up about their conversations with Spotify in a statement to the media as part of the announcement.

"As we all continue to tackle the misinformation era, Archewell Audio has found it important to work with our partners at Spotify to ensure that the digital technologies so many of us use every day are rooted in strong principles of trust and safety," the statement said.

It added: "As we move forward at Archewell Audio, we too are eager to be responsible stewards of an audio landscape that is well-resourced with quality, fact-based information—particularly when it comes to public health.'

The news comes after the royal pair previously shared a statement to Spotify about the “all too real consequences of Covid-19 misinformation” on its platform.

Concern over the platform’s portrayal of the pandemic has seen Neil Young protest by removing his songs from Spotify following The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, which has aired vaccine-sceptical views in the past.

The Duke and Duchess' statement shares that they started “expressing concern to Spotify” as far back as April last year.

It said: “Since the inception of Archewell, we have worked to address the real-time global misinformation crisis.

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“Hundreds of millions of people are affected by the serious harms of rampant mis- and disinformation every day.

“Last April, our co-founders began expressing concerns to our partners at Spotify about the all too real consequences of Covid-19 misinformation on its platform.

“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.”

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