Meghan Markle’s ‘Archetypes’ podcast producer resigns just days after Archewell President steps down: Report

CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Meghan Markle chats with people inside the Drawing Room during a visit to Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Birchall - WPA Pool / Getty Images)

According to a report, two employees left Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s team just days apart.

Markle’s Spotify podcast recently concluded, and it is unclear whether she will return for another season because her producer has resigned, according to Page Six. Rebecca Sananès, who was in charge of Markle’s podcast “Archetypes with Meghan,” is leaving the company after just over a year, according to the outlet. According to anonymous sources, she is eager to launch her project.

According to other sources, it is part of a larger growth strategy for the Sussex brand.

Sananès joined Vox Media and New York Magazine’s “Pivot podcast,” hosted by Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway, in July 2021. She began working for Archewell in August 2021 and reported to Ben Browning, the company’s head of content.

Sananès took to Instagram in October to share her thoughts on the podcast industry. According to her:

“The podcast industry is severely undervaluing and under crediting the INCREDIBLY talented and hardworking producers and sound engineers behind your favorite shows. There are fewer and fewer opportunities for creators and it is stifling the industry creatively and financially.”

She edited the post and added a clarification that it wasn’t her case. She wrote:

“TO BE CLEAR, this isn’t about me or my current position. It’s an observation of the state of podcasting as a whole.”

According to Page Six, they had already hired a replacement in the form of Serena Regan, the head of podcasts at Cadence 13, who bills herself as a media executive with extensive experience programming for women.

It is unclear when Sananès tendered her resignation, but sources close to the situation told The Telegraph that her “transition was always planned.” However, according to one anonymous insider, the timing of her departure was less than ideal.

Sananès’ resignation came just days after Mandana Dayani resigned as president of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s nonprofit organization, Archewell. The move was “mutually planned,” and the royal couple was assuming “full leadership” of their organization.

In a statement obtained by People, the royal couple stated:

“Ms. Dayani has been an integral part of Archewell, and we are grateful for her passion, commitment and leadership. Ms. Dayani was brought on during their parental leave to move the company and its projects forward. She has continued to shape its vision and future successfully.”

The statement continued:

“Her transition was mutually planned, with intent for the Duke and Duchess to now take full lead of their company. There will be no replacement for this position, and Ms. Dayani is fully supportive of the Duke and Duchess in their new leadership roles, and they remain friends.”