Meghan Markle to host Spotify podcast series this summer

The former actress and her husband announced in 2020 that they inked a multiyear deal with the popular streaming and media service

Meghan Markle will launch her first podcast series this summer as part of her exclusive deal with Spotify. 

The announcement comes after Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex previously expressed concerns over how Spotify handled the spreading of COVID-19 misinformation on the platform, WWD reports.

Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, speaks onstage during Global Citizen Live New York in September in New York City. (Photo: John Lamparski/Getty Images)

The former actress and her husband announced in 2020 that they inked a multiyear deal with the popular streaming and media service that will see them expand their empire via Archewell Audio, their official, “audio-first” production company, theGrio reported.

According to a spokesperson from Archewell Audio — the couple is moving forward with Markle’s new podcast after having “encouraging conversations with Spotify executives regarding the platform’s misinformation policies and practices.” 

The forthcoming podcast will debut this summer and follows the only podcast the royal couple has released so far under their Spotify deal. In December 2020, Harry and Megan hosted a holiday special on the platform featuring guest A-listers such as Stacey Abrams, Tyler Perry, Naomi Osaka, Elton John, James Corden, and their son, Archie.

At the time the Spotify deal was announced, the couple explained that they “will host and produce podcasts that build community through shared experience, narratives, and values,” Harry and Meghan said in a joint statement, theGrio reported. 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry - theGrio
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

“What we love about podcasting is that it reminds all of us to take a moment and to listen, to connect to one another without distraction,” the couple said. “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.”

Details about Markle’s podcast series have not yet been revealed, nor has a premiere been announced. 

Meghan and Harry’s Spotify deal came months after they signed a multiyear deal with Netflix which will allow them to produce documentaries, docu-series, feature films, scripted shows, and children’s programming.

“Our lives, both independent of each other, and as a couple have allowed us to understand the power of the human spirit: of courage, resilience, and the need for connection,” Meghan and Harry said in a statement at the time.

“Through our work with diverse communities and their environments, to shining a light on people and causes around the world, our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope,” they added.

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