Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Spotify Podcast May Have Been Held Up by Joe Rogan Spat

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's conflict with Spotify over Joe Rogan "makes sense" of the long wait for content, Kristen Meinzer told The Royal Report podcast.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex revealed they have raised concerns with the streaming giant over COVID-19 misinformation.

However, they will not a join a boycott led by musicians including Neil Young and Joni Mitchell and confirmed their own Spotify partnership will go ahead.

It comes after they released a festive special in December 2020 but have published no new content for the platform since.

Royal watcher Kristen Meinzer told Newsweek podcast The Royal Report she believed the couple's stance on Rogan may have been a factor in the hold up.

The show's co-host said: "Some of the conversations I'm hearing around this now are, 'oh, that makes sense.'

"Maybe that's why Harry and Meghan have not released anything beyond their one holiday episode of the podcast up until now.

"Maybe they've been in conversation with Spotify, maybe that's what the hold up is with all of this.

"Some folks seem to be sympathetic to Harry and Meghan but others out there are saying you can't necessarily play it both ways."

Harry and Meghan faced criticism in the British press for not scrapping their multi-million dollar deal on principle.

However, Newsweek Royal Correspondent Jack Royston, the show's co-host, said the couple should not axe the partnership.

He said: "It's going to be the most substantive long term thing that they've set up in their post-royal lives, assuming it goes ahead.

"So I think they should 100 percent plough on with this. I think they did have to say something.

"For me, what I'd really like to see is for them to bring the podcast forward and let people start judging them based on the material itself."

He added: "I think it would be a real tragedy if they pulled out of the Spotify deal.

"They would just have been robbing their fans and the world of what would be a substantive part of their post-royal careers."

Spotify's partner Gimlet Projects has announced it is hiring three producers on six month contracts to work on a weekly show for Harry and Meghan, suggesting the end product may not be far away.

Meinzer suggested the couple might tackle The Joe Rogan Experience and COVID-19 misinformation head on when their Archewell Audio podcast is eventually released.

She said: "I don't think they're going to hold back. I would not be surprised if there is actually one of their episodes when they do start recording their show or releasing it where they address the importance of COVID information vs misinformation and doing the right thing and controlling the narrative.

"One thing they've done very well is control the narrative so when their episodes come out I think they will very diplomatically talk about this stuff but not burn any bridges."

Rogan gave his side of the story in a post to his Instagram followers in which he said: "The podcast has been accused of spreading dangerous misinformation.

"Specifically about two episodes, a little bit about some other ones, but specifically about two. One with Dr. Peter McCullough and one with Dr. Robert Malone.

"Both these people are very highly credentialed, very intelligent, very accomplished people and they have an opinion that is different from the mainstream narrative.

"I wanted to hear what their opinion is. I had them on and because of that those episodes in particular, those episodes were labeled as being dangerous."

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Joe Rogan performs at The Ice House Comedy Club, in Pasadena, California, on July 22, 2015. Meghan Markle listens in to a radio broadcast at Reprezent 107.3FM in Brixton, London, on January 9, 2018. Michael Schwartz/WireImage and DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP via Getty Images