Are streaming giants being let down by the Sussexes? If credible sources are anything to go by, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have disappointed the streaming giant bosses who were reportedly “looking forward to a full-scale launch of shows” this year but received just about 35 minutes of content for their £18 million ($25 million) podcast deal. Royal insiders believe the lucrative deal came through as part of a mutual understanding, and it's certain the investors might be "expecting something in return."

As reported by Daily Mail, the Duke and his wife have had an eventful year, with the birth of Lilibet being the highlight. With quite a lot on their plate, bosses at Spotify were miffed at how they’ve failed to offer enough content as expected.

What’s more, the Sussexes have reportedly failed to follow up their Christmas 2020 special, published under their Archewell Audio brand. Given how Harry and Meghan are on parental leave for about five months, things don’t seem to be picking pace anytime soon. Harry had earlier revealed in a bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview that the couple was forced to take on deals after being cut off financially from the Royal Family.

“They seem to be using up a lot of ammunition very early and putting a lot of stuff out there in terms of deals and agreements with lots of firms. The question might be asked whether they have too much on their plate,” added the source, as per The Sun

But, PR guru Mark Borowski has offered a different stance and revealed that maybe not everything is lost, given how Harry and Meghan may have pre-recorded shows ready for broadcast between now and 2022. “Even if the shows haven’t materialized yet, it’s a win-win for Spotify to have two of the most famous people in the world connected to them,” he stated as per the report, adding, “But Harry and Meghan will be under scrutiny to deliver. What are these guys going to produce? What do they stand for?”

While clients are aware of the current scenario and trying times, concerns have been raised pertaining to the clauses that give Harry and Meghan full control over the output.  

Harry and Meghan, who are currently settling in well with daughter Lili in their Montecito mansion, had signed a multi-year deal with an intent to churn out insightful content that promoted “diverse and inspiring voices”. What also needs to be noted is that the Sussexes haven’t been paid the entire lump sum amount by the streaming firm, as the complete payment won’t come through unless all the obligations are honored.  

Prince Harry Meghan Markle Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R) and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive to attend the Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House in London on March 5, 2020. - The Endeavour Fund helps servicemen and women have the opportunity to rediscover their self-belief and fighting spirit through physical challenges. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images