Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been branded as 'grifters' by Spotify executive Bill Simmons after the couple's deal with the company ended.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had signed a three-year contract to produce content for Spotify, however, their Archewell company parted ways with the streaming giant after Meghan hosted just one series of the Archetypes podcast.

Simmons, Spotify's Head of Podcast Innovation and Monetisation, previously called it "embarrassing" to be associated with the same company as Harry, who he said "whines" and "keeps giving interviews".

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He previously said about Harry on his own podcast: "You just sell documentaries and podcasts and nobody cares what you have to say about anything, unless you talk about the royal family and you just complain about them.”

Among the guests on Meghan's Archetypes podcast were Serena Williams, Mariah Carey, and Paris Hilton.

The show - which ran for 12 episodes from August last year - examined stereotypes that are often levelled at women, through conversations between Meghan and celebrities, historians and experts.

The parting of ways between Archewell and Spotify marks the end of a deal that was believed to be worth £18m, with the couple signed up to create a range of podcasts.

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In December, Archetypes was the winner of the top podcast award at the People’s Choice Award in Los Angeles.

A statement from the couple’s content creation label, Archewell Audio, which was released alongside Spotify, confirmed the parties had agreed to part ways and said they were both "proud of the series we made together".

Earlier this year, Meghan was awarded a Gracie Award for her podcast.

The Gracie awards are organised by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation to celebrate exemplary programming and achievements by women in the media.

Meghan wrote on the couple’s Archewell website that the show had been "a labour of love".