The first episode of Meghan Markle’s new Spotify podcast “Archetypes” premiered Tuesday.
The Duchess of Sussex was joined by her friend Serena Williams for the first show, titled “The Misconception of Ambition”.
“I don’t remember personally feeling the negative connotation behind the word ambitious until I started dating my now husband, and apparently ambition is a terrible, terrible thing. For women,” Markle said, per The Guardian. “Since I felt the negativity behind it, it’s really hard to unfeel it. I can’t unsee it either in the millions of girls and women who make themselves smaller, so much smaller on a regular basis.
“Boxes like diva, crazy, the B-word… Of course, I know a thing or two about these labels myself.”
Markle hopes that her “own lived experience will help other women open up to reveal the layers of thrive within all of us.”
“The double standard between how men and women are treated after having kids is so, so real. I’ve felt it.”
The podcast’s description reads: “Meghan talks to the one and only Serena Williams about the double standard women face when they are labelled ‘ambitious’ and the ripple effects this has on other aspects of their lives.
“This groundbreaking premiere episode also features Dr. Laura Kray, a leading expert on gender in the workplace.”
A press release previously revealed that the show will “investigate the labels that try to hold women back. Throughout the series, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, 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 narratives.”
The show will feature conversations with women who can talk about how stereotypes and typecasting affects women, along with historians who can talk about how those archetypes developed.
The podcast is the first full series as part a multi-year deal between Archewell and Spotify that was announced in late 2020.