‘Grifters’: Spotify executive hits out at Harry and Meghan after podcast deal ends

Sussexes inked three-year $25m deal with audio company but produced just one series of content

Graeme Massie
Los Angeles
Tuesday 20 June 2023 07:21 BST
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Spotify end podcastdeal with Harry and Meghan Markle

A leading Spotify figure has lashed out at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, branding the pair “f***ing grifters” after the audio company split with the couple and ended their $25m deal.

Podcaster Bill Simmons, who sold The Ringer to Spotify for $200m in 2020 and is now an influential executive there, slammed the Sussexes after their company Archewell parted ways with the company.

Harry and Meghan had signed a three-year deal to produce content for Spotify, which is also home to the likes of Joe Rogan.

But Meghan hosted just one series of the Archetypes podcast as part of the deal, interviewing Serena Willians, Mariah Carey and Paris Hilton among the guests.

Simmons, who is Spotify’s Head of Podcast Innovation and Monetisation, criticised the couple on his own podcast on Friday.

“The f***ing grifters. That’s the podcast we shoulda launched with them,” he said.

“I gotta get drunk one night and tell the story of the Zoom I had with Harry to try and help him with a podcast idea. It’s one of my best stories.”

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