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Meghan Markle’s podcast slammed as unintentionally funny

Meghan Markle’s podcast slammed as unintentionally funny
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Meghan Markle has inked a new podcast deal and is set to return to airwaves in 2025 but the Duchess of Sussex’s podcasting skills have been slammed as unintentionally “hilarious”.  

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‘To Di For’ podcast host Kinsey Schofield says Meghan Markle was criticised during her Nigeria tour for her wardrobe being “culturally inappropriate”.

“She [Nigeria’s first lady] said telling young girls and women we don’t accept nakedness in our culture – that is not beautiful,” Ms Schofield told Sky News host Caroline Di Russo.

“She also stressed they do not want to mimic and try to emulate film stars from America … why did Meghan come here looking for Africa.

“Whether there was resentment towards Meghan there, I’m not sure … but I do think it is an odd coincidence given that Meghan was criticised for her wardrobe being culturally inappropriate throughout that trip.”

The Duchess of Sussex debuted her first podcast “Archetypes” in 2022 as part of Meghan and Prince Harry’s multimillion dollar content deal with Spotify.

In a statement, Meghan grandly stated she hoped to “investigate, dissect and subvert the labels that try to hold women back” with the series.

The podcast ultimately last just a dozen episodes before Spotify pulled the plug and later fired Harry and Meghan for reportedly missing production benchmarks.

Meghan Markle briefly hosted the ‘Archetypes’ podcast on Spotify before the contract was torn up and the Sussexes were labelled “grifters” by top brass at the streaming giant. Picture by Dominic Lipinski – WPA Pool/Getty Images.

A top exec at the streamer later lambasted the Sussexes as “f***ing grifters” for accepting millions of dollars in exchange for about 13 hours of usable content.

Despite the harsh reaction to Archetypes, Meghan has endeavoured to return to audio content and recently signed a deal with the much smaller company Lemonada to launch another podcast.

Celebrity gossip website entrepreneur Perez Hilton believes Meghan’s podcast failed because she mostly invited “rich and famous” people on as guests despite her claims of “championing women”.

“I thought it was hilarious because she claims to be this champion of women and for the people, and yet every guest – if not then the overwhelming majority of guests – were celebrities,” he told royal insider Kinsey Schofield on Thursday.

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Perez slammed Meghan for relying on rich and famous guests for Archetypes. Picture: AP Photo/Sunday Alamba.

“Why are you doing this thing about women, yet we’re only hearing the voices of the rich and famous?”

Meghan’s podcast featured guests like Serena Williams, Mariah Carey and Paris Hilton during its brief run, as well as an episode with male-only guests.

Spotify reportedly paid about $35 million for the disastrous podcasting contract in late 2020 during the couple’s media heyday.

However, the new Lemonada deal, which also includes the catalogue of Archetype episodes, is believed to be worth just a tiny fraction of Meghan’s first contract.

The old Archetypes artwork during the original Spotify run. Image: Archewell.

Despite Meghan’s self-described “love of podcasting”, Archetypes was also dogged by rumours that the Duchess actually relied on her staff members to conduct interviews with most of her guests, before audio of her voice was spliced into the final episodes.

According to the industry website Podnews, “multiple sources” have claimed that “some interviews on the show were done by other staffers, with (audio of Meghan’s) questions edited-in afterwards”.

Although the source did not reveal which episodes featured the Frankenstein-esque interviews, Archetypes guest Allison Yarrow has admitted she did not meet the Duchess of Sussex herself.

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