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After the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan Markle’s podcast Archetypes was cancelled. Serena Williams was the guest on the podcast. Markle and Prince Harry then headed to the UK. The podcast’s fourth episode has been released. In it, the Duchess and Prince of Sussex discuss toxic Asian stereotypes.
In her fourth podcast episode, Markle talks to Margaret Cho, a comedian, and Lisa Ling, a journalist about the racism behind some Asian stereotypes. In the episode Meghan also talks about her childhood in Los Angeles, and how that led to her discovering different cultures and her passion for learning. Markle shared her teenage experiences with embracing different cultures in the episode.
Meghan Markle’s embarrassing teen moment
The Duchess was able to give a rare glimpse into her childhood. She recalled her visits to Korean spas with her mother Doria, and how it left her feeling humbled as she went through puberty. There were many women between the ages 9 and 90 waiting for a body scrub. The Duchess of Sussex spoke about watching Korean women embrace the generations-old tradition of the Jimjilbang. She stated, “Once that adolescent embarrassment was over, my mom would take me upstairs and we would sit down in a room to have the most delicious noodles.”
Markle also spoke out about how she didn’t know of the stigma that Asian women face until many years later. Her show featured Mindy Kaling and Mariah Carey, as well as Serena Williams, a close friend of the Duchess. The podcast of the Duchess has been dedicated to discussing women’s various labels that can hold them back.
Although Markle’s podcast is back, there are reports that Prince Harry’s Netflix series with her has been pushed even further after Queen Elizabeth’s death. The Duke and Duchess allegedly want to minimize some conversations that were about senior royals such as King Charles III.
The first Episode Aims
The first episode aims to address the double standard women face when they’re labeled as “ambitious,” while also discussing how that ties into Markle and Williams’s lives and the way they’re perceived. Markle and Williams were joined by Dr. Laura Kray, who is a leading expert on gender in the workplace.
“I don’t remember ever personally feeling the negative connotation behind the word ‘ambitious’ until I started dating my now husband,” Markle said. “And um, apparently ambition is, uh… a terrible, terrible thing, for a woman that is—according to some. So, since I’ve felt the negativity behind it, it’s really hard to un-feel it. I can’t unsee it, either, in the millions of girls and women who make themselves smaller — so much smaller — on a regular basis.”
Per the official press release, Archetypes aims to “investigate the labels that try to hold women back.” With the help of historians and other experts, Markle will “uncover the origin of these stereotypes” and create “honest conversations with women who know all too well how these typecasts shape narratives.”
The first episode of Meghan Markle’s highly-anticipated podcast has finally hit Spotify.
Back in March, an Archewell Audio spokesperson revealed the Duchess of Sussex would be launching her own podcast series on Spotify this summer. And before that, Markle and her husband, Prince Harry, signed a multi-year partnership with Spotify and Archewell Audio in 2020.
For the premiere episode of Archetypes (where the duchess serves as host), the royal sat down and talked with her longtime friend and Grand Slam champion, Serena Williams. Both women talked about a variety of topics, ranging from reflecting on their ambition at a very young age to how they control their own narratives.
Meghan Markle Podcaster
Meghan Markle is a podcaster. The Duchess of Sussex dropped her first episode of her new podcast “Archetypes” – and she had a little help from tennis champ Serena Williams to kick things off. But before the close pals got into their serious conversation, Meghan’s husband Prince Harry crashed the interview. “I like what you’ve done with your hair! That’s a great vibe,” Harry told Serena.