Meghan’s first Spotify podcast examining labels trying to hold women back

The Duchess of Sussex has launched her first Spotify series – a podcast about female stereotypes, in which she promises to “investigate labels that try to hold women back”.

rchetypes will launch this summer, hosted by Meghan, who will speak to historians, experts and women who have experienced typing.

In an Archewell Audio project trailer released on Thursday, Meghan said: “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 popping up and dictating our lives?”


Meghan will interview historians and women who have been typecast for her new podcast (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

Previewing the type of guests who will be performing, the Duchess adds: “This is Archetypes – the podcast where we dissect, explore and subvert the labels that try to hold women back.

“I will engage in conversations with women who know all too well how these typologies shape our narratives.

“And I will speak to historians to understand how we got here in the first place.”

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

Meghan and Harry signed a lucrative deal with the audio streaming giant to host and produce podcasts in late 2020, valued at around $25million (£18million).

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But they had only released one show so far – a Christmas special starring their son Archie and celebrity guests.


Meghan in Nyanga Township in Cape Town, South Africa in 2019 (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Spotify and Archewell Audio said Thursday, “Spotify and Archewell Audio both value responsible stewardship of the audio landscape and, as recently stated, are committed to working closely together to support transparency and strong trust and security principles.”

Neil Young reportedly gave Spotify an ultimatum in January to remove either his work or The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, which is known for spreading vaccine-skeptical views.

When the singer later left the streaming platform, Joni Mitchell announced the same move “in solidarity” with his decision.

At the time, the Sussexes’ Charity Foundation said it had raised concerns but the couple was determined to continue their work with the organisation.

Last week, a spokesman for Archewell Audio confirmed that the first series will air in the summer and that they have been working closely with Spotify to develop policies aimed at minimizing the spread of misinformation.

Meghan has long been an activist for women’s empowerment.

Spotify and Archewell Audio described their conversations with typed women as “uncensored” and said the Duchess would delve into the origins of stereotypes.

Former Suits actress Meghan is also an Executive Producer on the series along with Ben Browning, Head of Content at Archewell, and Rebecca Sananes, Head of Audio at Archewell.

The podcast is produced by Archewell Audio in association with Gimlet Media for Spotify. Meghan’s first Spotify podcast examining labels trying to hold women back

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