Meghan Markle Finally Released The First Episode Of Her Spotify Podcast “Archetype” Featuring Guest Serena Williams
It only took two years, several awkward family reunions, a funeral, a new baby, a canceled Netflix show, a Platinum Jubilee and an appearance on the cover of Time Magazine as one of the world’s most influential people, but Meghan Markle has finally released a scant hour of content for her long-ballyhooed Archwell Audio podcast for Spotify called Archetypes. While the true scope of her influence may still be an intangible, incalculable variable, if Meghan manages to convince even just one listener to eat horse paste, she’ll have beat Joe Rogan at his own game.
After edging us for eons, Meghan’s finally achieved what literally anybody with an internet connection, a microphone, and a deep and abiding love for the sound of their own voice can do. But unlike the barely washed masses that flood our feeds with whatever drivel that happens to come to mind, Meghan had her friend Serena Williams as her first guest to talk about whatever “groundbreaking” drivel that happened to come to the mind of her team of highly qualified producers. Variety reports:
Meghan Markle deconstructs the history of societal stereotypes about women in “Archetypes,” her first show for Spotify, which premiered Tuesday.
The first hourlong episode of “Archetypes” features Serena Williams, who recently announced her plans to retire from pro tennis, talking with Markle about the double standard women face when they are labeled “ambitious.” and Dr. Laura Cray, a professor at UC Berkeley and an expert on gender in the workplace. (The inaugural episode is available at this link.) Next week’s episode will feature a conversation with Mariah Carey.
The Duchess of Sussex’s weekly podcast is available exclusively on Spotify worldwide. “Archetypes” is the first series to land on Spotify under the streaming service’s exclusive deal with Markle and Prince Harry’s Archewell Audio — inked in December 2020.
Thankfully, Meghan isn’t working on a weekly schedule because judging from the show’s intro, the episodes were all previously recorded. Serena is not talking to Meghan about her imminent retirement. The Oscar slap probably hadn’t even happened yet! So don’t come to Meghan for any hot, topical goss. Come to her for in-depth conversations about “how we talk about women: the words that raise our girls, and how the media reflects women back to us.” Meghan promises us Archwell Studios is “committed to producing programming that uplifts and entertains audiences around the world; spotlights diverse perspectives and voices; and builds community through shared experience, narratives and values,” not yuks and tea, OK? Although in this first episode, Meghan does tell a story about the time Baby Archie almost burned up in a fire while she and Prince Harry were on their African tour. According to People:
“When we went on our tour to South Africa, we landed with Archie,” Meghan, 41, began. “Archie was what, four and a half months old. And the moment we landed, we had to drop him off at this housing unit that they had had us staying in.”
“He was going to get ready to go down for his nap. We immediately went to an official engagement in this township called Nyanga, and there was this moment where I’m standing on a tree stump and I’m giving this speech to women and girls, and we finish the engagement, we get in the car and they say, ‘There’s been a fire at the residence.’ What? ‘There’s been a fire in the baby’s room.’ What?”
Meghan said they raced back to the residence and their “amazing nanny” Lauren was “in floods of tears.”
“She was supposed to put Archie down for his nap, and she just said, ‘You know what? Let me just go get a snack downstairs.’ And she was from Zimbabwe, and we loved that she would always tie him on her, her back with a mud cloth, and her instinct was like, ‘Let me just bring him with me before I put him down.’ In that amount of time that she went downstairs, the heater in the nursery caught on fire. There was no smoke detector. Someone happened to just smell smoke down the hallway went in, fire extinguished,” Meghan said.
She added, “He was supposed to be sleeping in there.”
It’s a juicy story. Could have been fun too if she had let it rest before stabbing it repeatedly with her word salad fork, causing all the juices to run off.
Meghan said everyone was “in tears” and “shaken” by the incident, but they had to leave for another scheduled engagement.
“I was like, Can you just tell people what happened? And so much, I think, optically. The focus ends up being on how it looks instead of how it feels,” she said. “And part of the humanizing and the breaking through of these labels and these archetypes and these boxes that we’re put into is having some understanding on the human moments behind the scenes that people might not have any awareness of and to give each other a break. Because we did — we had to leave our baby.”
See, now I’m not sure I’m buying what she’s selling, be it horse paste or salad dressing. She’s gonna have to come with some hotter takes than this if she wants to influence my ass. I hope her team got back to Cardi B.