Harry and Meghan release 37 minutes of Spotify after £18,000,000 deal

Spotify said it was ‘pleased’ with the couple’s audio debut in December (Picture: Archewell Audio brand)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have released just one episode of their podcast since signing a multi-million pound Spotify contract.

The Sussexes have provided just 37 minutes of content for listeners, six months after netting a reported £18million deal with the streaming giant.

They promised shows that ‘uplift and entertain’ and on December 29 released a holiday special on their Archwell Audio platform.

The episode featured guest appearances from stars including Sir Elton John, Naomi Osaka and James Cordon.

In it the Duke and Duchess of Sussex ‘reflect on the year, speak openly about the power of compassion and toast to a hopeful 2021’.

Spotify said it was ‘pleased’ with the couple’s podcasting debut and was ‘looking forward to a full-scale launch of shows’ this year.

But streaming bosses and fans hoping for more Archwell content have been left bitterly disappointed – because no episodes have been launched since.

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have produced a single podcast since signing a multi-million pound Spotify contract.

Harry and Meghan have recently moved into broadcasting (Picture: Victoria Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

In addition to a cheesy three-minute promotional clip, it means the couple have released just 37 minutes of content.

It may be a while before episode two arrives because they are currently on parental leave after the birth of second child Lilibet Diana.

Royal author Phil Dampier told the Sun: ‘We’re being told they’re having up to five months off and people who are paying them a lot of money will expect something in return.

‘They seem to be using up a lot of ammunition very early and putting a lot of stuff out there in terms of deals and agreements with lots of firms.

‘The question might be asked whether they have too much on their plate.’

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have produced a single podcast since signing a multi-million pound Spotify contract.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s second child, Lilibet, was born in June (Picture: EPA)

But PR agent Mark Borowski said the mere association with the Sussexes may be enough for the streaming platform.

He added: ‘Even if the shows haven’t materialised yet, it’s a win-win for Spotify to have two of the most famous people in the world connected to them.

‘But Harry and Meghan will be under scrutiny to deliver. What are these guys going to produce? What do they stand for?’

Explaining their dip into the audio world, the Duke and Duchess said previously: ‘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.’

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