Harry and Meghan slammed after releasing just one Spotify podcast from £18m deal

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been criticised by a royal expert for only releasing one episode of their podcast so far after their £18million deal with Spotify.

The episode, titled 'A Holiday Special', was released in December 2020 on their Archewell Audio channel and only has a running time of 35 minutes.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been slammed by royal expert Phil Dampier, who says the streaming giant will be expecting 'something in return.'

The author told the Sun: "We're being told they're having up to five months off and people who are paying them a lot of money will expect something in return."

Dampier questioned whether the couple may 'have too much on their plate' after signing numerous deals and agreements before the birth of their daughter, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, on June 4.

In a joint statement after signing the deal with Spotify last year, the couple said: "What we love about podcasting is that it reminds all of us to take a moment and to really listen, to connect to one another without distraction.

"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."

It is understood that the couple will be paid in full for the deal when the work is done, the Sun reports.

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However, the couple is currently taking a leave of absence from their commitments to take care of their new arrival.

Prince Harry's paternity leave means taking time out from his executive position at a Silicon Valley start-up that claims to be worth $1.7billion, according to MailOnline.

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The 36-year-old Prince is 'chief impact officer' at mental health services business BetterUp, where he helps promote an app used by corporate giants including Hilton, Facebook and oil firm Chevron to improve the wellbeing of their staff.

The company's chief executive Alexi Robichaux has declined to say how much the royal is being paid, although similar roles at other California firms would command six or seven-figure salaries.

The Daily Star has contacted Archewell Audio and Spotify for a comment.

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