Meghan Markle's new Archetypes podcast drops with first episode featuring Serena Williams

The podcast promises to investigate "labels that try to hold women back"

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Meghan Markle's new podcast which promises to investigate “labels that try to hold women back” has been launched with the release of its first episode.

The Spotify podcast, titled “Archetypes”, was unveiled by the Duchess of Sussex in May.

But now, the first episode of the series has been released featuring tennis legend Serena Williams.

Titled “The Misconception of Ambition with Serena Williams”, Meghan talks to her close friend Ms Williams about the double standards women face when they are labelled “ambitious”.

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Meghan Markle listens to a broadcast through headphones during a visit to youth-orientated radio station, Reprezent FM, in Brixton, south London to learn about its work supporting young people.
Meghan Markle listens to a broadcast through headphones during a visit to youth-orientated radio station, Reprezent FM, in Brixton, south London to learn about its work supporting young people.

The Duchess and the sports champion share personal stories about the struggles they felt as new mothers.

The series is Meghan’s first since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex signed an £18m deal with Spotify in late 2020.

The podcast’s description reads: “In this groundbreaking new podcast, ARCHETYPES, Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, investigates the labels that try to hold women back.

“Meghan will speak with historians and experts to uncover the origin of these stereotypes and have uncensored conversations with women who know all too well how these typecasts shape our narratives.”

While in a trailer of the Archewell Audio project released earlier this year Meghan said: “This is how we talk about women: the words that raise our girls, and how the media reflects women back to us… but where do these stereotypes come from?

“And how do they keep showing up and defining our lives?”

The release comes months after the Duchess of Sussex had her animated series Pearl dropped by Netflix as it attempted to tackle a drop in subscriptions.

Meghan and her husband prince Harry are set to visit the UK next month for several charity events.

The couple will travel to Manchester for the One Young World Summit on September 5, before heading to Germany for the Invictus Games Dusseldorf 2023 One Year to Go event, and then returning to the UK for the WellChild Awards on September 8.