The British royal reportedly mentioned a number of podcast concepts with American producers, although none bore fruit
Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, stated he wished to interview Russian President Vladimir Putin – in addition to former US president Donald Trump and Fb CEO Mark Zuckerberg – for a podcast about childhood trauma and upbringing, Bloomberg reported on Thursday.
The collection would have featured prolonged interviews with these “controversial” figures, inspecting how occasions of their childhood formed the adults they in the end turned, a number of insider sources instructed the information outlet.
Whereas the royal allegedly shopped this concept round to a number of producers and manufacturing homes within the US, members of his podcast manufacturing crew stated they raised issues in regards to the practicality of securing interviews with the specified VIPs, who aren’t recognized for publicly dishing about their childhood, or certainly a lot else about their private lives.
The Duke additionally thought-about launching a podcast centered on fatherhood, and one other taking up “main societal conversations” resembling local weather change and faith. He wished to usher in Pope Francis as a visitor on the faith present, the sources instructed Bloomberg.
None of Prince Harry’s podcast concepts ever made it to the recording studio. Whereas the announcement in December 2020 of a partnership between streaming large Spotify and Archewell Audio, the podcast firm Prince Harry based together with his spouse Meghan Markle, promised “podcasts that can encourage,” the initiative in the end yielded only one season of a single collection, Markle’s “Archetypes.”
The couple had signed the multi-year deal to “produce podcasts and reveals,” estimated to be value some £15.5 million ($20 million), not lengthy after their very public exit from the royal household, when their reputation was nonetheless excessive. Since then, Markle’s favorability rating has plummeted to -47, the bottom since YouGov started monitoring it in 2017.
Spotify head of podcast innovation and monetization Invoice Simmons teased his personal inside information of the deal in a latest podcast. “I want I had been concerned within the ‘Meghan and Harry go away Spotify’ negotiation. ‘The F***ing Grifters.’ That’s the podcast we must always have launched with them,” he stated. He additionally talked about having a Zoom name with Prince Harry “to attempt to assist him with a podcast thought,” although avoided giving additional particulars.
Following the discharge of the Duke’s memoir Spare, Simmons stated he was “so embarrassed” to be on Spotify with him, asking, “What does he do? It’s a kind of issues the place it’s like, what’s your expertise? Why are we listening to you?”
You promote documentaries and podcasts, and no one cares what you must say about something until you speak in regards to the royal household, and also you simply complain about them.
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