Megan Markle released first podcast episode of Archetypes on Spotify – follow live

Serena Williams explains why hairstyle for friend Meghan Markle’s wedding took ‘all night’

The Duchess of Sussex has released the first episode of her new podcast, Archetypes.

Tennis pro Williams is the first guest on Meghan Markle’s new podcast, which dropped on Spotify on Tuesday afternoon (23 August).

Meghan acted as an executive producer for the first episode and spoke to Williams about the double standard women face when they are labelled “ambitious”. The pair also discussed the ripple effect this has on the rest of their lives.

The podcast is a co-production between Archewell Audio, Gimlet and Spotify.

Archewell Audio sits under Archewell, the organisation founded by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after the pair stepped down as senior members of the royal family in 2020.

This is the first episode released after the pair reportedly signed an exclusive deal with the audio streaming service in December 2020.


Meghan Markle and Prince Harry reportedly signed a $25m deal with Spotify

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex signed a deal with the streaming giant in December 2020 that will see the couple creating exclusive content with their newly formed Archewell Audio production company.

“What we love about podcasting is that it reminds all of us to take a moment and to really listen, to connect to one another without distraction,” the couple said in a statement at the time.

“With the challenges of 2020, there has never been a more important time to do so, because when we hear each other, and hear each other’s stories, we are reminded of how interconnected we all are.”

Following the news of the multi-year deal, Spotify’s chief content and advertising business officer Dawn Ostroff released a statement: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex may live in California but the power of their voices rests in their status as citizens of the world.”

“That they are embracing the extraordinary capacity of podcasts on Spotify while also seeking to elevate underrepresented voices is a testament to their appreciation for the potential of audio storytelling.”

Read the full story from Chelsea Ritschel here.


Fans react as Meghan Markle drops first episode of Archetypes podcast

Following the release of Meghan’s new podcast series on 23 August, fans rushed to social media to praise the duchess for her honest debut episode.

“Love this conversation with Meghan Markle and Serena Williams,” tweeted one fan. “Hell yes women should be ambitious — and praised for it.”

“When Meghan said as young girls we are usually so fearless and then we grow more insecure as we grow up because we get aware of the archetypes thrown at us, I really felt that,” said someone else.

“I’m loving the relaxed, articulate and insightful episode of Archetypes with Meghan and Serena Williams,” another fan wrote. “Good job!”

Meghan Markle released the podcast Archetypes on Spotify in collaboration with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s audio production company, Archewell Audio.

Meredith Clark has more social media reactions from fans here.


Meghan Markle says she ‘didn’t know ambition was a negative word’ until she started dating Prince Harry

During the first episode of her podcast series Archetypes, the Duchess of Sussex explained how meeting her husband, Prince Harry, affected her understanding of ambition.

“I don’t remember ever personally feeling the negative connotation behind the word ambitious until I started dating my now husband,” she said.

“And um, apparently ambition is, uh… a terrible, terrible thing, for a woman that is – according to some.”

Markle continued: “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.”

Olivia Petter has the full story here.


Everything we learnt from the first episode of Meghan Markle’s podcast, Archetypes

The Duchess of Sussex released the first episode of her long-awaited podcast series on Tuesday, with tennis star Serena Williams as her first guest.

The longtime friends spoke about motherhood, pregnancies, and the double standard women face when they are labelled “ambitious”. The pair also discussed the ripple effect these labels have had on the rest of their lives.

From false media reports to son Archie’s nursery catching on fire, there were many revelations from the first episode of the Meghan’s new podcast, Archetypes.

Here is a roundup of all the best moments from the first podcast episode, titled “The Misconception of Ambition”.

You can read Meredith Clark’s full story here.


Serena Williams tells Meghan she ‘delayed motherhood as long as possible’

Speaking to Meghan Markle, who is a longtime friend, Williams said that as a woman she wasn’t afforded the luxury of time her male peers had when it came to starting a family.

“I really want to expand my family, and you know I’ve been putting it off for so long, and as a woman there’s only so long you can put that off and other people out there, other men out there, can continue to play,” Williams said.

“I will never retire from something I absolutely love,” Williams added.

“I will always have some sort of involvement in it. Maybe not professionally, but I will always want to be involved in some form in tennis. Obviously, I’ve retired professionally but it’s also an evolution.”

Saman Javed has the full report here.


Meghan Markle jokes that media confused her with Serena Williams

The Duchess of Sussex has joked that the media once confused her with tennis star Serena Williams, with regards to false claims that she was from Compton, California.

Meghan spoke about the reports, which circulated when she got engaged to Prince Harry in 2017, on the first episode of her new podcast, Archetypes, on which she interviewed Williams (who is from Compton).

The duo were discussing misleading media reports when Meghan said: “This morning, I was saying to Harry: ‘Do you remember when they said, ‘Harry’s girl is straight outta Compton?’ I was like, are they talking about Serena?

“I’m like, I’m not from Compton, I’ve never lived in Compton, my mum’s never lived in Compton but by the way what’s wrong with compton? My girl Serena’s from there.”

You can read Olivia Petter’s full story here.


Meghan was ‘under a lot of stress’ during pregnancies

The Duchess of Sussex was “under a lot of stress” during her pregnancies, her friend Serena Williams has revealed.

During the episode, Williams – who recently announced her retirement from tennis – reflected on how she “loved” being pregnant.

“I love being a woman and I loved being pregnant. I was one of those,” Williams said.

Meghan replied: “You made pregnancy look so sexy, I just waddled around [laughs]. I was just tired, I was tired. Oh my god.”

“I was the annoying one,” Williams said, adding: “You were the one under a lot of stress.”

Laura Hampson has the full report here.


Archetypes cover art released

A black and white image of the Duchess of Sussex has been used as the cover art for the new Archetypes podcast.

(Spotify/The Independent)

In the image, Meghan is seen wearing a sleeveless white top, her hair down and looking directly at the camera.

It is Meghan’s first podcast for the platform after she and the Duke of Sussex reportedly signed an exclusive deal with Spotify in December 2020.


Archie’s bedroom caught fire during royal tour, Meghan reveals

Meghan Markle has revealed that her son Archie’s bedroom caught fire while she and her husband Prince Harry were on tour in South Africa.

In the premiere episode of her Archetypes podcast, the Duchess of Sussex was joined by her friend, tennis star Serena Williams.

“We finish the engagement, we get in the car and they say: there’s been a fire at the residence,” Meghan said.

Nicole Vassell has the full story here.


Meghan Markle releases first Spotify podcast episode starring Serena Williams

Meghan Markle’s podcast series Archetypes has launched on Spotify.

On Tuesday (23 August), the first episode of the Duchess of Sussex’s long-awaited podcast was released. The podcast has been made by Spotify and the Sussexes’ production company. Archewell Audio

The first episode of Archetypes features an interview between Markle and Serena Williams, who recently announced that she was retiring from tennis.

You can read Isobel Lewis’ full report here.

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