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Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, will be releasing a podcast with Spotify later this year. On Mar. 24, Spotify and Archewell Audio, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s audio-first production company, announced the “Archetypes” podcast, a series that will investigate the labels that try to hold women back. In each episode, Markle will be speaking 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 our narratives.
“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,” Markle said in a one-minute podcast teaser, also released on Mar. 24. “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.”
The podcast is a first for Archewell Audio, with the show being produced in partnership with Gimlet Media for Spotify. Along with Markle, Archewell Audio’s Ben Browning and Rebecca Sananes will serve as the show’s executive producers, in addition to Spotify’s Dawn Ostroff, Courtney Holt, and Julie McNamara, who will also produce the show.
Archewell Audio’s multi-million-dollar deal with Spotify was first announced in 2020, releasing a holiday special audio show on the streamer in December in the same year. Featuring high-profile and celebrity guests such as Elton John, Stacey Abrams, James Corden, Deepak Chopra, and Naomi Osaka, the special included inspirational conversations and a reflection on the previous year.
“Achetypes” is set to be released on Spotify in Summer 2022.