The royal couple parted ways with Spotify earlier this month, three years into their £15.5 million partnership. According to reports, Taylor Swift declined an invitation to appear as a guest on the Duchess of Sussex’s Archetypes podcast.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Meghan wrote Swift a handwritten letter asking her to appear on her show, but the singer declined through a spokesperson.
The creation of Archetypes, which probed negative perceptions of women, was fraught with issues getting visitors and the Duchess frequently requesting late alterations, according to the article.
The publication said that Meghan and Harry’s production firm, Archewell, lacked direction and that the couple “at times appears surprised by the work required to complete entertainment projects.”
It went on to say, “Most potential initiatives, they said, follow a similar route: big idea, subpar execution.”
“Harry, in particular, struggled to come up with an idea,” the newspaper said of their Spotify partnership.
The royal couple severed relations with Spotify earlier this month, three years into their £15.5 million partnership.
Meghan and Harry’s Spotify arrangement was reportedly canceled because they only created one podcast series and a half-hour “holiday special” in three years.
According to Variety, the music streaming service pulled the plug because it “expected more content” from the Duke and Duchess and their Archewell Audio crew.
Archewell only produced one series – 12 episodes of Meghan’s Archetypes last year, which focused on social preconceptions of women – and a 30-minute festive special in 2020, which featured a few celebrity friends and their son Archie.
The Sussexes and Spotify issued a joint statement claiming they had “mutually agreed to part ways.”
“We are proud of the series we made together,” they added.
Archewell Productions and Taylor Swift representatives have been approached for comment.