Meghan Markle’s ‘Archetypes’ Podcast Dropped by Spotify After One Season

Meghan Markle Archetypes Podcast (Credit: Spotify)

Meghan Markle’s “Archetypes” podcast won’t be moving forward at Spotify, multiple media outlets reported Thursday.

The decision not to renew the podcast for a second season is part of a revamp at the audio giant, which earlier this month cut 200 jobs in its podcast unit.

“Archetypes” premiered last August, and explored “labels that try to hold women back.”

The 12-part podcast featured interviews with celebrities and historians discussing stereotypes and how to change the conversation about women.

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The podcast was part of an exclusive deal Prince Harry and Meghan Markle inked with Spotify for a reported $20 million in 2020, through their Archewell Audio company.

A source told Variety on Thursday that Spotify was disappointed Archewell Audio only delivered one show in three years. Another source told the outlet the duke and duchess of Sussex wanted to move away from their Spotify agreement to find a new home for their audio projects.

Reps for Spotify and Archewell Audio declined comment.

But Hollywood talent agency William Morris Endeavor, which represents Markle and Archewell , told the Wall Street Journal she’s working on developing other content.

“The team behind ‘Archetypes’ remain proud of the podcast they created at Spotify. Meghan is continuing to develop more content for the ‘Archetypes’ audience on another platform,” the agency said in a statement.

As previously reported, “Archetypes” debuted on Aug. 23, 2022.

The first episode featured Markle and her good friend Serena Williams sharing stories about ambition and their roles as mothers.

The former Suits actress also recalled one of the scariest moments of her life — when a fire broke out in her son Archie’s nursery while the family was on a royal tour of Africa in 2019.

“The heater in the nursery caught on fire. There was no smoke detector. Someone happened to just smell smoke down the hallway, went in, fire extinguished,” Meghan said, adding that the woman in Africa who was watching the baby kept him safe.

The episode quickly surged to the #1 position on Spotify’s most popular charts in the U.S., Britain, Australia and Canada.

Other installments of the podcast included interviews with Mariah Carey, Mindy Kaling, Margaret Cho, Amanda Seales, Constance Wu, Paris Hilton, Issa Rae, and Nigerian-American comedian Ziwe Fumudoh.

After initially making headlines, interest in the podcast faded.