Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are reportedly “under pressure” to produce more content as part of their huge £18million Spotify contract.
Last year the streaming platform announced that it was expecting a full-scale launch of content from the Sussexes throughout 2021.
But with only one show under their belts – a 35-minute holiday special last December – Spotify chiefs are said to have been left perplexed by the lack of content, seeing as Harry has appeared on several other podcasts.
The pair have also conducted a sit-down interview with Oprah in March, with Meghan also appearing on the Ellen DeGeneres show last month.
Spotify bosses are said to have given the pair’s Archewell Audio brand a “gentle nudge” to finish the content, with the couple now believed to be close to fulfilling their obligations.
One source said: “Spotify were delighted when they signed the couple, but the lack of content has mystified them. Particularly as they seem to have no problem producing content for other platforms.”
Another source said: “When Harry and Meghan signed the Spotify deal in December, they didn’t really have a full audio team behind them, there were no scripts ready and they hadn’t made podcasts before.
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“The holiday special episode was whacked together but, even though it was well received by fans, it was hard for them to pull off.”
According to The Sun, Harry and Meghan will announce a number of new episodes in time for Christmas.
Royal biographer Angela Levin, said: “Harry and Meghan want to do too many things at the same time.”
Legal experts say Harry and Meghan will need to meet any deadlines stipulated in their contract.
Commercial contract solicitor Neil Williamson, of EM Law, said: “If the contract says that they must deliver content in 2021 then they will need to do so.”
The Daily Star has approached the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for comment.
Spotify has also been contacted for comment.
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