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'Where's the product?' Meghan and Harry 'going nowhere' as royals 'scrambling' for deals

News'Where's the product?' Meghan and Harry 'going nowhere' as royals 'scrambling' for deals

Meghan Markle, 40, and Prince Harry, 37, signed lucrative multimillion-dollar deals with Spotify and Netflix in the months following their exit from the Royal Family. But royal biographer of the new book The Palace Papers, Tina Brown has claimed the Duke and Duchess of Sussexes deals are “going nowhere”. Speaking to the Washington Post Live, Ms Brown said: “There is the question of the whole entertainment deals what they did.

“I think if they had more savvy advisers could tell them the whole problem with entertainment deals is that you have to deliver hits.

“They’re great, anyone if they’re lucky can sign a major entertainment deal but where’s the product.

“They’ve signed with Netflix, what have we seen? Nothing really besides this upcoming documentary with Invictus which I think will be great.

“I think it’s a good idea but you know, creating entertainment that works is very hard to do.

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“Their Spotify podcast seems to have gone nowhere and now Meghan is doing a new one about Archetypes.

“Netflix isn’t doing so well, are they going to renew that contract?

“They’re now having to scramble for the deals in the way that anybody who is a celebrity in the platformless universe has to do.

“I think it’s a very hard task to keep that. If you’re a royal, there’s no time stamp on it and you can be as boring as you want for years and year and still you’ve going to have big things coming your way.”

Presenter Sylvia Jeffreys added: “It doesn’t seem like a very happy business relationship at this point.”

It comes as Meghan and Harry have been “expressing concerns” to Spotify about Covid-19 misinformation but say they will continue to work with the platform.

In a statement, the couple’s charity Archewell said they had been expressing concerns to Spotify about the issue since the charity’s inception, and continue to do so “to ensure changes to its platform are made to help address this public health crisis”.

It comes after a number of artists ditched the platform due to controversial content such as The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, which has been known to air vaccine-sceptical views.

An Archewell spokesperson said the couple are “committed to continuing” their work with the streaming platform.

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