Meghan Markle’s Spotify podcast ‘Archetypes’ to examine ‘labels that try to hold women back’

The Duchess of Sussex's new podcast is set to launch this summer

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Meghan Markle is determined to have "uncensored conversations" about stereotypes that continue to impact women.

On Thursday, Spotify announced that the Duchess of Sussex will host a new podcast titled "Archetypes" that will "investigate the labels that try to hold women back." 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 title of the show refers to the theme of the series, as well as Archewell, the nonprofit organization founded by the former American actress and her husband Prince Harry. That name pays tribute to their firstborn Archie.

The former "Suits" star, who has a history of activism for women’s rights, revealed in an audio teaser that she hopes to address stereotypes that have long generalized women. 

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Meghan Markle is hosting a new podcast that's set to launch this summer.

Meghan Markle is hosting a new podcast that's set to launch this summer. (Photo by NDZ/Star Max/GC Images)

"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?" questioned the 40-year-old. "And how do they keep showing up and defining our lives?"

"This is ‘Archetypes’ – the podcast where we dissect, explore and subvert the labels that try to hold women back," said Markle. "I’ll have the 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."

A spokesperson for the couple’s production company, Archewell Audio, recently told FOX Business that in an effort to mitigate the spread of misinformation, they are committed to working with the content streamer to continue the conversation surrounding transparency regarding Spotify’s policies and practices.

The news came following reports that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were allegedly considering leaving the streaming platform after they had concerns about how Spotify handled the spreading of information regarding the coronavirus.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex inked a deal with Spotify in Dec. 2020.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex inked a deal with Spotify in Dec. 2020. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)

Archewell Audio maintained that its conversations with Spotify have been encouraging and productive, thus they are confident moving forward with their multiyear exclusive Spotify deal and are expected to launch the Duchess of Sussex’s podcast series which is expected to premiere this summer.

In Dec. 2020, Fox News Digital confirmed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex signed a podcasting deal with Spotify.

"What we love about podcasting is that it reminds all of us to take a moment and to really listen, to connect to one another without distraction," the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said in a joint statement obtained by Fox News Digital. "With the challenges of 2020, there has never been a more important time to do so, because when we hear each other, and hear each other’s stories, we are reminded of how interconnected we all are."

The couple added that they wanted to "spotlight diverse perspectives and voices."

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The Duchess of Sussex, a former American actress, aims to explore stereotypes that continue to impact women.

The Duchess of Sussex, a former American actress, aims to explore stereotypes that continue to impact women. (Photo by Getty       )

"The Duke and Duchess of Sussex may live in California, but the power of their voices rests in their status as citizens of the world," Dawn Ostroff, Spotify chief content and advertising business officer, added in the press release. "That they are embracing the extraordinary capacity of podcasts on Spotify while also seeking to elevate underrepresented voices is a testament to their appreciation for the potential of audio storytelling."

"We are proud to partner with The Duke and Duchess and look forward to listeners hearing directly from them and the other creators that they will be elevating via our global platform," the statement added.

At the time of the announcement, the duke and duchess had already signed an exclusive production deal with Netflix.

Markle, a former American actress, became the Duchess of Sussex when she married the British prince, 37, in May 2018 at Windsor Castle. The couple welcomed a son named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in 2019.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's departure from royal duties began in 2020.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's departure from royal duties began in 2020. (AP)

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s departures from royal duties began in 2020 over what they described as the British media’s intrusions and racist attitudes towards the duchess. The family now resides in the coastal city of Montecito, California.

In the wake of quitting royal duties, the couple gave an explosive TV interview to Oprah Winfrey in March 2021, in which the couple described painful comments about how dark Archie’s skin might be before his birth. The duchess talked about the intense isolation she felt inside the royal family that led her to contemplate suicide.

Buckingham Palace said the allegations of racism made by the couple were "concerning" and would be addressed privately.

On June 4 of that year, the couple welcomed their second child, a daughter named Lilibet "Lili" Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.

The name pays tribute to both Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, whose family nickname is Lilibet, and his late mother, Princess Diana.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.