Archewell ‘head of audio’ rants on TikTok that SHE – not Meghan – created Spotify podcast Archetypes


Meghan’s ‘head of audio’ at Archewell ranted on TikTok that SHE – not the Duchess – created Spotify podcast Archetypes… just WEEKS before she quit ‘Team Sussex’

  • Rebecca Sananes claimed that she is the creator of Meghan Markle’s podcast
  • She complained on TikTok after Meghan was named a ‘powerful podcaster’
  • Ms Sananes launched her rant just weeks before she resigned as head of audio 

The departing ‘head of audio’ at Meghan and Prince Harry’s company ranted on TikTok that she created the Duchess of Sussex’s award-winning podcast.

Archetypes executive producer Rebecca Sananes launched her complaint after after the Hollywood Reporter published its ‘Forty most powerful people in podcasting’ list and failed to include her.

Ms Sananes attributed the success of podcasts, including Archetypes, to the ‘under-valued, under-credited and under-paid’ producers.

Meghan, who launched the podcast as part of an £18million deal with American audio giant Spotify, said hosting the show has made her feel like a changed woman.

Rebecca Sananes, the departing ‘head of audio’ at Meghan and Prince Harry’s company Archewell, ranted on TikTok that she created the Duchess of Sussex’s award-winning podcast

Ms Sananes attributed the success of podcasts, including Archetypes, to the 'under-valued, under-credited and under-paid' producers

Ms Sananes attributed the success of podcasts, including Archetypes, to the ‘under-valued, under-credited and under-paid’ producers 

In a rant on the teenagers’ favourite video-sharing app, just weeks before her departure from Archewell was reported, Sananes announced: ‘I am the executive producer and creator of Archetypes, hosted by Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex.’ 

‘The 40 most powerful people in podcasting are not executives, they’re not celebrity hosts, and they’re not talent agents,’ Sananes said. 

‘They are the producers. Producers edit, research, write, make scripts, make the sound good, score, everything you love about your favourite podcast is because a producer made it and producers are being under-valued, under-credited and under-paid and it’s making the industry boring and slow. Let’s do better.’

The first season of Archetypes has seen Meghan joined by guests including Mariah Carey, Serena Williams, Jameela Jamil and Paris Hilton. 

When the Duchess of Sussex launched the much-hyped she said she felt a changed woman.

‘It’s so real,’ she gushed. ‘I feel different. I feel clearer. It’s like I’m finding – not finding my voice. I’ve had my voice for a long time, but being able to use it.’ 

When the Duchess of Sussex launched the much-hyped she said she felt a changed woman

When the Duchess of Sussex launched the much-hyped she said she felt a changed woman 

Archetypes podcast was named the Pop Podcast of 2022 at the People¿s Choice Awards on Wednesday night. Meghan Markle is pictured listening to a broadcast through headphones during a visit to youth-orientated radio station Reprezent FM in south London in January 2018

Archetypes podcast was named the Pop Podcast of 2022 at the People’s Choice Awards on Wednesday night. Meghan Markle is pictured listening to a broadcast through headphones during a visit to youth-orientated radio station Reprezent FM in south London in January 2018

The podcast was named the Pop Podcast of 2022 at the People’s Choice Awards at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday night.

Meghan, on the eve of her bombshell Netflix documentary with Prince Harry, shared a statement thanking listeners and voters and claiming their support ‘means the world’.

She said: ‘Thank you to all the supporters and fans of Archetypes who voted for us for this special People’s Choice Award. 

‘I loved digging my hands into the process, sitting up late at night in bed, working on the writing and creative. 

‘And I loved digging deep into meaningful conversation with my diverse and inspiring guests, laughing and learning with them, and with each of you listening.

‘It has been such a labour of love with an amazing team who were each instrumental in helping to bring this series to life. 

‘Special thanks to Terry Wood who was my right hand in this special project, along with Catherine, Rebecca, Andy, Matt, and the wider team who all worked hard to make each moment resonate. 

‘Above all, huge thanks to each of you who voted. Your support means the world.’



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