MEGHAN Markle has been accused by industry sources of faking several interviews for her criticized Archetypes podcast.
It is alleged that the Duchess of Sussex, 41, had the show’s staff do a number of interviews with her guests and then the audio of her voice was edited into broadcast episodes. .
Allegations reported by podcast-focused outlet Podnewscomes just days after it was announced that the Sussexes’ £18m deal with Spotify had ended through a “mutual agreement”.
“Multiple sources” states “some of the interviews in the program were conducted by other employees, with The questions are edited afterwards,” according to the website.
However, Podnews did not specify which episode this might have happened.
Meghan’s 13-episode show featured a number of celebrity guests over the course of a season, including Mariah Carey, Serena Williams and Mindy Kaling.
Mindy shared an image of herself being interviewed by Meghan when her episode aired.
This is not the first time questions have been raised about the duchess’s input during interviews with others appearing on Archetypes.
New York journalist Allison Yarrow, who appeared as a guest, revealed last August that she wasn’t actually speaking to Meghan when interviewed for the show but was actually a member of the company. her production.
Allison, who appeared in the episode called To ‘B’ or not to ‘B’? “discovered the origin and plague” of the word b***h, said in a social media post shared after her recorded interview that she chatted with a sound producer named Farrah Safarfi.
She shared an image of herself in front of a sign for audio production company Gimlet and thanked Farrah in the caption for being an “outstanding interviewer.”
Last week, Spotify and Sussexes audio production company Archewell Audio released a joint statement saying the decision not to renew Meghan’s podcast had been made, adding that they had “agreed to a split “.
“We’re proud of the series we’ve made together,” the statement said.
Reports said they were dismissed by the streaming giant when it said it did not meet “productivity requirements”.
Meghan’s show produced only 13 episodes in 31 months.
It is thought that Spotify has entered into discussions about innovating women-focused podcasts but these are understood to have stalled.
WME, the talent agency that signed Meghan recently, told The Wall Street Journal: “The team behind Archetypes is still proud of the podcast they created at Spotify.
“Meghan is continuing to develop more content for Archetypes audiences on other platforms.”
However, Bill Simmons, Head of Podcast Monetization and Innovation at Spotify, criticized the Sussexes’ in his own podcast.
On Friday, the sports journalist said: “Fucking Crushers. That’s the podcast we should be launching with them.
“One night I had to get drunk and tell the story of the Zoom I had with Harry to try and get him a podcast idea.
“It’s one of my best stories.”
According to a royal expert, this comes as the couple’s media empire appears to be “collapsed” and future projects are bound to fail.
Meghan revealed that she signed the podcast deal in December 2020 after the couple left the Company.
It took another 18 months before the Archetypes series was launched in August 2022.
The podcast previously sparked controversy after Meghan claimed baby Archie had to be saved from a fire while they were on a royal tour of Africa during an episode.
She also seems to be hitting back at Palace insiders’ claims that she’s a “Hard Duchess” as she tells listeners that setting boundaries doesn’t make her “difficult”. “.
Meghan told listeners she quit her job modeling an $800-per-episode briefcase on the American game show Deal or No Deal because she felt “objectified”.
Another episode criticized Austin Powers’ comedy and action film Kill Bill for representing Asian women.
Being dumped by Spotify is the latest heavy loss for the couple, who are set to stop watching documentaries and feature books all in the wake of their Netflix series and Harry’s memoir Spare.
Meghan’s animated series Pearl, which she’s been working on with David Furnish, husband of producer Sir Elton John, was dropped by Netflix last year.
The show has been boxed as part of a cut amid a slump in Netflix subscriber numbers.
It is known that Harry and Meghan have made around £118m from multimedia deals since leaving the Royal Family.
Meghan is said to be working on a number of other projects, including her willingness to revive her lifestyle and health blog The Tig.
Rumor has it that Meghan could also sign on as the newest face of fashion and beauty brand Dior.