Meghan Markle suspends podcast episodes after Queen Elizabeth’s death
Meghan Markle Podcast Archetypes debuted last month, but following the death of Queen Elizabeth on Thursday, September 8, new episodes are to be restrained until further notice. Meghan and Prince Harry announced their partnership with Spotify at the end of 2020, which would work with their recently established production company Archewell Audio, named after their firstborn, Archie.
When Archetypes was announced in a press release, it was planned as a podcast that investigates “labels trying to hold women back.”
The Duchess of Sussex would welcome guests to “discover the origin of these stereotypes and have uncensored conversations with women who know all too well how these typographies shape narratives”.
His first guest was tennis great Serena Williams, who had recently announced her impending retirement from the sport. It was titled “The Misconceptions of Ambition” and was released on August 23. Two days later, it was the number one podcast in the US, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada on Spotify.
The second and third episodes featured Mariah Carey and Mindy Kaling. It’s unclear when future episodes will return to Spotify, but the Queen’s funeral is scheduled for September 19. The Sussexes are currently staying at Frogmore Cottage, their UK home on the Windsor Estate.
The couple were seen on a surprise Queen’s Tribute tour which was held at Windsor Castle, accompanying Prince William and Kate Middleton, who have just become Prince and Princess of Wales. They were invited at the last minute by William in what was apparently a show of solidarity after several years of strained family relations. Meghan and Harry had quit as working royals and moved to California, causing internal strife for the royal family as a whole.
A royal source said People that it was “an important show of unity at an incredibly difficult time for the family”.
They added: “This is such an extraordinary and deeply personal historic moment for the family that you hope and believe all family members will unite and support. [the King] above all. And maybe some of those wounds can be healed in the process.
Aimée Lutkin is the weekend editor at ELLE.com. Her writing has appeared in Jezebel, Glamour, Marie Claire and more. His first book, The lone hunter will be published by Dial Press in February 2022.