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Meghan Markle’s £18m podcast launches with Serena Williams

Meghan Markle's £18m podcast launches with Serena Williams

The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle’s long-awaited podcast, Archwell Audio, made its debut on Spotify with an interview with Wold Tennis champion friend, Serena Williams.

According to The Sun, Markle, and Williams in the podcast titled, ‘The Misconception of Ambition’, explain the double standard women face when they are labelled ‘ambitious’.

The podcast finally aired after Harry and Meghan signed an £18 million podcast project with Spotify in 2020.

Featuring gender-leading expert, Dr. Laura Kray in the groundbreaking episode, Markle and Serena in the 57-minute long show, discussed how women can be projected in a positive light even if they’re ambitious.

Spotify, in 2021 said the show will be launched at “full-scale” after hiring a host of in-house producers to help deliver content.

However, nothing happened, even after efforts by the audio giant to take the project “into its own hand”.

Before this episode, Harry and Meghan only released a 35-minute “holiday special” in December 2020, where they feature celebrities like Elton John and James Corden.

Opening the long-awaited podcast, Meghan said, “When I was 11 years old, growing up in LA, I saw a commercial that would change the way I understood my place in the world.

“Let me be clear: it wasn’t because this ad was some kind of ingenious piece of marketing – actually, it was just the opposite.

“So, here’s what happened: I was in the 6th grade, I was sitting in my classroom – and we were watching TV when a commercial came on.”

The audio from the Ivory Dish Soap Commercial then plays.

Meghan famously appeared in a 1993 Nick News segment addressing the advert – saying it “hurt my feelings”.

She goes on to say: “Hi, I’m Meghan. And this is ARCHETYPES – my podcast about the labels and tropes that try to hold women back.

“Over the course of the next dozen episodes, we’re going to live inside and rip apart the boxes women have been placed into for generations – boxes like diva, crazy, the b-word, sl**.

“Some of these words – these labels – are harsh; they’re abrasive. And I want to get to the bottom of where they come from, why they’ve stuck around for so long, and – importantly – how we can move past them.”

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