Meghan Markle is back in the podcast game — with a new partner.
Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, inked a partnership with podcast network Lemonada Media. That comes after Spotify‘s exclusive podcast deal with Prince Harry and Meghan ended in mid-2023 after the couple had delivered just one show under the agreement.
Under the new deal, Lemonada will distribute the first season of Markle’s “Archetypes” podcast series for all audio platforms. They also will develop a new as-yet-untitled original podcast series hosted by the Duchess of Sussex.
“I’m proud to now be able to share that I am joining the brilliant team at Lemonada to continue my love of podcasting,” said Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex. “Being able to support a female founded company with a roster of thought provoking and highly entertaining podcasts is a fantastic way to kick off 2024. Our plan to re-release Archetypes so that more people can now have access to it, as well as launching a dynamic new podcast are well in the works. I’m so eager to be able to share it soon, and am overjoyed to be joining the Lemonada family.”
“Archetypes,” in which Markle explores the labels that try to hold women back, will be available across all podcast platforms for the first time off Spotify with Lemonada overseeing ad sales and distribution. “Archetypes” has had over 10 million downloads/listens, averaging nearly 2 million listens per episode and debuted as Spotify’s No.1 podcast in 47 countries around the world.
“We are beyond honored that Meghan has trusted us to help democratize access to ‘Archetypes,’ and that so many more people around the world will have access to the series soon. Meghan’s talent as host, creator and conversationalist is unparalleled and we are thrilled to co-create a new series with her that fosters her approach to creating art that matters,” said Lemonada’s CEO and co-founder, Jessica Cordova Kramer. “As we’ve started development with The Duchess of Sussex, we are blown away by her collaborative spirit and clear vision, along with her deep desire to build compassion and community through this work. The Lemonada team felt immediate kinship with Meghan and the Archewell Productions team, and we are delighted to be working together,” adds Lemonada’s Chief Creative Officer and co-founder, Stephanie Wittels Wachs.
“Archetypes” joins Lemonada’s lineup of podcasts including “Wiser Than Me with Julia Louis-Dreyfus,” which was named the 2023 show of the year by Apple.
Archewell Productions was created by Prince Harry and Meghan to produce programming that “informs, elevates and inspires.” The company, which is repped by WME, also has a partnership with Netflix.