Meghan and Harry told to step up to the plate and show they have integrity

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been told to “step up to the plate” by a royal expert after they issued a statement regarding concern over coronavirus “misinformation” being spread on Spotify.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex first expressed concern over misinformation on the platform in April last year.

Their statement follows a number of musicians removing their work from Spotify over content on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast.

However, an expert believes the couple need to show that they have “integrity” despite making their concerns public.

Speaking on Jeremy Vine on 5, commentator Angela Epstein said: “"If they want to be influential figures, they have to show that they have integrity.

“And if they are coming out and speaking out against Joe Rogan or what they perceive to be misinformation, then they have to step up to the plate and prove that's their position."

Podcaster and comedian Joe Rogan has been slammed over accusations he has been spreading misinformation on his show after 270 scientists wrote a letter to Spotify.

Rogan had the most popular podcast on Spotify last year but has been known to use the platform to talk about Covid on numerous occasions.

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He also controversially interviewed Dr Robert Malone, who was banned from Twitter over spreading misinformation.

Harry and Meghan signed a multi-year deal with Spotify worth a reported £18million in 2020 but have so far only produced one 33-minute 'holiday special'.

In the statement, released by their organisation Archewell, the couple said: “Since the inception of Archewell, we have worked to address the real-time global misinformation crisis. Hundreds of people are affected by the serious harms of rampant mis- and disinformation every day.

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“Last April, our co-founders began expressing concerns to our partners at Spotify about the all too real consequences of Covid-19 misinformation on its platform.

“We have continued to express our concerns to Spotify to ensure changes to its platform are made to help address this public health crisis.

"We look forward to Spotify to meet this moment and are committed to continuing our work together as it does."

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