Meghan Markle’s long-awaited Spotify podcast, Archetypes, finally premiered this past Tuesday, and guess what? Variety reports that Archetypes is currently #1 on the U.S. Spotify charts, meaning it actually beat out Joe Rogan’s weekly assault on ears and brains, which is consistently the most listened-to podcast in the country. Joe’s probably bummed, but nobody is more devastated than the royals. They had all their American chums listening to The Joe Rogan Experience on repeat for three days straight to prevent this exact thing from happening. Sigh. May those listeners rest in peace (ivermectin overdoses).
Archetypes is also #1 on Spotify in Canada, the U.K., Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. THE QUEEN must be pissed. All of her beloved monarchies have betrayed her! Although, you can’t really blame Ireland, Lizzie’s only in charge of a few of them. The citizens of the Republic of Ireland are free to listen to whom they please.
Meghan’s first podcast guest was Serena Williams. The pair talked about the double standard women face when they are labeled “ambitious.” Meghan told Serena that the nuns who ran the all-girls Catholic school she went to always encouraged their students to go after what they wanted. But she found being labeled “ambitious” became a negative thing once she started dating Prince Harry, via People:
“This feminist ideology trickled down into nearly every aspect of my education. It’s probably safe to say into every aspect of my life,” she explained. “This message to me and my classmates was clear: our futures as young women were limitless. Ambition? That was the whole point!”
“So I don’t remember ever personally feeling the negative connotation behind the word ‘ambitious’ until I started dating my now-husband,” she said.
Reflecting on life in the limelight as Prince Harry’s partner, she continued, “and apparently ambition is 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.”
Serena and Meghan talked about how ambitious young girls in the classroom are often labeled “bossy.” Serena added:
“Often women are definitely put in these different boxes when we are ambitious or when we do have goals or when we reach our goals, it’s a negative connotation on how we reach the goals.”
Meghan’s first episode also featured Dr. Laura Kray, an expert on gender in the workplace. The good doctor told Meghan that research shows ambitious men are seen as admirable, but ambitious women are often perceived as “power hungry, manipulative, not trusted.” Wait a gosh darn second, all of those words have been used to describe Meghan by The Daily Mail! Eerie.