Meghan Markle’s first podcast premieres on Spotify, Causes Ripples.
Reports have it that the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle has finalized a multimillion-dollar deal with Spotify for a series of podcasts that she named, “Archetypes”.
“The first 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,” ABC news reports.
It is reported that next week’s episode will feature a conversation with Mariah Carey.
Using a portrait of herself wearing a white tank top, she premiered this episode which has caused ripples in the UK press and stirred conversations online.
According to media reports, the Duchess of Sussex’s podcast would be released weekly and only 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.
In the series, Markle will have “uncensored conversations” with guests including historians and experts to uncover the origin of stereotypes about women and how they shape narratives in the culture.
“Archetypes” will delve into “how we talk about women: the words that raise our girls, and how the media reflects women back to us,” Markle says in the trailer for the series.
“But where do these stereotypes come from? And how do they keep showing up in defining our lives?”
In partnering with Spotify, Archewell Audio said it was “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.” Until “Archetypes,” it had produced only one podcast for Spotify: a 2020 holiday audio special.
In addition to the couple’s deal with Spotify, Archewell Productions has an exclusive contract with Netflix.
Reception By The Media, and Online
But there have been several reactions trailing the move by Archie’s mom. Jack Royston of Newsweek reports that,
“The debut of Meghan Markle’s Archetypes podcast on Spotify was described as “vapid chat” and given one star by a U.K. newspaper but won support on social media.”
Jack noted that James Marriott, of U.K. broadsheet The Times, gave Archetypes one star, and part of his comments on the podcast reads,
“The podcast is a tastefully sound-tracked parade of banalities, absurdities and self-aggrandizing Californian platitudes.
“Even those sympathetic to Meghan’s plight (and I had once thought I might be one of those people) will find that the full hour of an episode of Archetypes will put them in an unusually grumpy mood.”
Meanwhile, the podcast received both praise and criticism from Celia Walden, of U.K. broadsheet The Daily Telegraph, who said Meghan was “the perfect, smooth podcast voice”.
In the report, Celia sounded a note warning that Meghan’s first outing seemed like she made the whole talk about herself instead of focusing on the podcast’s aim, which is about debating “cultural and societal unfairnesses” for women generally.
“Every woman has had a girlfriend like Meghan,” she said, “the one who turns every confidence back to them and hijacks every distressing anecdote with one of their own—only theirs is longer drawn-out, more distressing. There’s a humdinger in this podcast that I’ll leave it to you to enjoy,” Celia stated.
Online on Twitter, #MeghanMarkle trended with many women especially praising her and identifying with her project, notable among them being a tweet by Dr. Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, a prominent U.K. lawyer and author, who wrote:
“In solidarity with Meghan Markle as she launches new podcast #Archetypes out today”