Meghan Markle's first Spotify podcast drops trailer and fights against female stereotypes

Montecito, California - The Duchess of Sussex has unveiled her first Spotify series – a podcast about female stereotypes, in which she vows to investigate "labels that try to hold women back."

Meghan Markle's first Spotify podcast, called Archetypes, will launch this summer.
Meghan Markle's first Spotify podcast, called Archetypes, will launch this summer.  © Collage: IMAGO/imagebroker & MediaPunch

Archetypes will launch this summer, hosted by Meghan Markle, who will speak to historians, experts, and women who have experienced being typecast in "uncensored conversations."

In a trailer for the Archewell Audio project released on Thursday, male voices are heard saying derogatory remarks about women including, "She’s a sl*t" and "a little emotionally unstable."

Meghan follows the excerpts, saying: "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 duchess, previewing the type of guests who will be featured, adds: "I’m Meghan and this is Archetypes – the podcast where we dissect, explore, and subvert the labels that try to hold women back."

The announcement of Archewell Audio’s debut podcast series with Spotify comes after Meghan and the Duke of Sussex raised concerns about Covid-19 misinformation on the platform.

Meghan and Harry signed a lucrative deal with the audio streaming giant to host and produce podcasts, estimated to be worth around $25 million, in late 2020. But they have only released one show so far – a holiday special featuring their son Archie and celebrity guests.

Meghan has long been a campaigner for female empowerment. The former Suits actor is also an executive producer on an upcoming animated series for Netflix, which "centers on the heroic adventures of a 12-year-old girl who is inspired by influential women from history."

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