Meghan Markle Teases New Spotify Podcast on How Media Reflects Women

Meghan Markle's first solo podcast was announced on Thursday, part of the multi-million dollar deal signed by Meghan and Harry with streaming platform Spotify.

The podcast series is titled Archetypes, and will "dissect, explore, and subvert the labels that try to hold women back."

In a one-minute trailer released by the streaming platform, Meghan introduces her new podcast following a number of voices referring to women in a series of derogatory ways, such as "skanky" and "weak."

The duchess then states: "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? I'm Meghan, and this is Archetypes: the podcast where we dissect, explore, and subvert the labels that try to hold women back.

"I'll have conversations with women who know all too well how these typecasts shape our narratives. And, I'll talk to historians to understand how we even got here in the first place. Archetypes."

The trailer follows a press release issued by Spotify stating that the Archetypes series will "mark the first podcast series as part of Spotify and Archewell Audio's exclusive multi-year partnership."

The release comes after a spokesperson for Archewell Audio told Newsweek earlier this month that the royal's first podcast series was scheduled for release this summer.

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Meghan Markle's first Spotify solo podcast project has been announced, titled "Archetypes". Photographed on a visit to a community radio station January 9 2018. DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP via Getty Images

The relationship between the streaming platform and the Sussex's was put under pressure following COVID-19 comments made by comedian and Spotify original podcast host Joe Rogan in 2021.

The Sussex's have been vocal advocates for COVID-19 vaccinations and vaccine equality throughout the pandemic, and a statement was released through their charity Archewell regarding the issue in January 2022.

Holding Spotify accountable for the information broadcast on its platform has become a key concern for Harry and Meghan, and it would seem that the streaming giant has taken this concern seriously, expressing in the Archetypes podcast press release on Thursday that: "Spotify and Archewell Audio both value responsible stewardship of the audio landscape, and as explained recently, are committed to working closely to support the transparency and strong principles of trust and safety."

The announcement of the Archetypes podcast significantly marks Meghan's first solo venture under the multi-million dollar deal that she and Harry signed with Spotify in 2020. Since then, the couple has only released one full length podcast episode in December of that year.

The theme of the series follows Meghan's invested interest in the empowerment of women and young girls which was established before her marriage when she fulfilled the role of U.N. Women's Advocate for Political Participation and Leadership.

The language used to describe women in the media is of particular pertinence to Meghan given the level of negative reporting she has experienced since becoming a member of the royal family. Meghan discussed the impact of such reporting on her mental health in her 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey.

2022 marks a big year for Meghan and Harry's production companies Archewell Audio and Archewell Productions. In April, Prince Harry is expected to fly to the Netherlands to attend his initiative the Invictus Games.

As part of a deal signed with Netflix, Archewell Productions will film a docu-series around the games titled The Heart of Invictus of which Harry has commented: "This series will give communities around the world a window into the moving and uplifting stories of these competitors on their path to the Netherlands next year. As Archewell Productions' first series with Netflix, in partnership with The Invictus Games Foundation, I couldn't be more excited for the journey ahead or prouder of the Invictus community for continuously inspiring global healing, human potential and continued service."

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