After Spotify dropped her show, Meghan Markle decided to withdraw her trademark application for her podcast “Archetypes,” which faced a tough 17-month battle.
She officially requested this withdrawal from the US Patent and Trademark Office. The trouble began when Meghan’s multi-million dollar Spotify deal came to an end in June, effectively putting an end to any hopes of a second season for her highly acclaimed podcast. Meghan, the former star of “Suits,” had a successful first season with 12 episodes and notable guests like Mindy Kaling and Serena Williams. Her outstanding work on the show even earned her a People’s Choice Award. However, when the Spotify deal fell apart, Bill Simmons, Spotify’s Head of Global Sports Strategy, publicly criticized the couple, labelling them as “f-king grifters” and “lazy.” Other insiders also found them to be “difficult” to work with. Moreover, there were reports that Meghan and Harry hadn’t produced enough content to justify the hefty $20 million deal they had signed in 2020. In a joint statement released in June, Spotify and Archewell Audio confirmed their mutual decision to part ways, expressing pride in the series they had created together.