Meghan Markle’s podcast, ArchetypesIt was anything but rushed. After the Sussexes announced their deal with Spotify in December 2020, listeners waited almost two more years before hearing the first episode of Markle’s debut project. Now, Archetypes is once again facing setbacks for reasons outside of Markle’s control.
Meghan Markle Puts Podcast On Pause
ArchetypesIt was a promising start, having premiered in late August. As a mark of respect, Markle stopped the release of new episodes after Queen Elizabeth died on September 8. The show’s Spotify page announced that the podcast is “paused during the official mourning period for Her Majesty The Queen.”
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The Duchess of Sussex’s debut podcast topped Spotify’s charts with its premiere. The show has held steady on the Spotify charts despite going on hiatus, proving that there is certainly a demand for Markle’s feminism-themed conversations.
Markle has welcomed a number of high-profile guests for her first three episodes. In her first episode, she had a conversation about Serena Williams, a professional tennis player. She’s since chatted with pop icon Mariah Carey and comedian Mindy Kaling, making it clear there’s no limit to the star power Markle is able to swing.
After Queen Elizabeth’s death, Markle traveled to the UK to meet Prince Harry to prepare for the nation’s 10-day mourning period. Both Harry and Markle were subject to a microscope in London during their visit. This earned them both praises as well as criticisms.
‘Archetypes’October 4, 2010: Will Reappear
Spotify Page ArchetypesThe show’s regular schedule will resume on October 4, almost one month after its last publication. At the close of September 6’s episode, Markle announced Margaret Cho and Lisa Ling as her next guests. Cho is known for her standup comedy, and social activism. Ling, a veteran journalist, is the host of This is Life with Lisa LingCNN.
Both women were invited to discuss the trope. “Dragon Lady,”Their insight as Asian American females in the public eye. “It’s kind of like evil queen adjacent, femme fatale adjacent,”Cho spoke in a preview clip. “But it’s also so pinned to this idea that Asian-ness is an inherent threat, that our foreignness is somehow gonna getcha!”
Archewell Audio will be aware of the increased attention it has received in recent weeks as it prepares for its next installment. However, from what we’ve seen so far, Markle will certainly keep the focus on her guests, and not her heavily criticized personal life.