Prince Harry and Meghan Markle branded grifters by furious US talk show host

A US talk show panel had some very choice words for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – with the host even branding the pair "grifters".

They have also been slammed as “pathetic” and “irrelevant” over their criticism of Spotify, whom they have a lucrative ongoing content creation deal with.

But the pair did complain about "Covid-19 misinformation" on Joe Rogan's popular podcast, which Spotify streams.

In a scathing attack, Fox News talk show host Tucker Carlson, whose nightly programme boasts the largest cable audience on US TV, said: “That annoying fake duchess from LA and her brain-dead husband threatened to walk unless Spotify muzzled Joe Rogan. But they’re not going anywhere.

“These two grifters have a $25million deal with Spotify for essentially no work.

“So far, we believe they have produced just over 30 minutes of content.

“That means these two have been paid about a million dollars for each minute of talking they’ve done. That’s a good gig. It’s too good to leave.”

On a show called The Five, on the same channel, host Greg Gutfeld said: “They’re a bunch of deadbeats.” One guest, retired New York judge Jeanine Pirro, described them as “pathetic” and “irrelevant”.

And Dana Perino, White House press secretary under George Bush, said: “In America, nobody cares what you think.”

Yesterday, Rogan was in hot water for a separate matter and offered “sincere and humble apologies” after footage emerged of him repeatedly using the N-word on his hit show. The comedian, 54, said it is the “most regretful and shameful thing” he has ever had to speak about, but stressed the clips were “taken out of context”.

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There have been reports Barack Obama and his wife Michelle are planning to join the Spotify exodus. Started by veteran rocker Neil Young, it has since included Joni Mitchell, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, Nils Lofgren and India Arie.

Rogan’s podcasts attract more than 11 million viewers most days and as many as 200 million downloads a month. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek last week backed the streamer’s biggest star during a meeting with investors, in which he said: “We don’t change our policies based on one creator.”

Spotify has said that it is placing content “advisories” ahead of any podcast episodes on the streamer which discuss Covid. These refer listeners to a fact-based hub with information from virus experts.

After the outcry over Rogan’s show, a spokesperson for Archewell, the organisation founded by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, said: “Hundreds of millions of people are affected by the serious harms of rampant disinformation every day.

“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.”

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