Meghan Markle’s Archetypes podcast will return next Tuesday after a four-week postponement due to the Queen’s death
Meghan Markle’s ‘Archetypes’ podcast will return with comedian and actor Margaret Cho next week. The Duchess of Sussex , 41, had paused the release of her Spotify podcast for the duration of the mourning period for the Queen, but Archetypes will return on Tuesday, October 4, with a conversation about Asian American tropes in the entertainment industry, Variety reports. The period of ‘royal mourning’ concluded yesterday — seven days after the Queen’s state funeral.
Three full episodes of the audio series have been released since its launch on August 23, featuring conversations with veteran tennis player Serena Williams, pop star Mariah Carey and most recently with actress and producer Mindy Kaling on September 6.
Meghan and Harry signed a lucrative deal with the audio streaming giant to host and produce podcasts, estimated to be worth around 25 million US dollars (£18 million), in late 2020. Other upcoming guests are understood to include comedians actress and writer Robin Thede and comedian Ziwe Fumudoh.
Archetypes was launched with the aim of investigating ‘labels that try to hold women back’ through conversations between Meghan and historians, experts and women who have experienced being typecast. So far episodes have featured titles such as The Duality Of Diva and The Misconception Of Ambition.
The Sussexes were in the UK attending non-Royal charity events when the Queen died on the day before they were due to fly back to their home in Montecito, California. In the aftermath of his grandmother’s death, Harry struck a fragile truce with his brother William – appearing together for a walkabout (pictured) among well-wishers in Windsor following the funeral. The brothers also walked alongside each other as the Queen was moved from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall to lie in state for four days.
But the days leading up to the state funeral were fraught with controversy, with Harry dismayed after being told that Meghan was not invited to join him in flying up to Balmoral to be by his dying grandmother’s bedside. Later, he reportedly failed to accept an invitation to join his father for supper at Birkhall, his private home nearby.
In his first address to the nation as monarch, the King appeared to extend an ‘olive branch’ to the couple. But others believed it was no more than a PR bid for unity in the hours after the Queen’s death. In the run-up to the funeral, Harry was also said to have been banned from wearing military uniform on the day, and he and Meghan were reportedly uninvited from a reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by the King for VIPs including foreign royalty, prime ministers and presidents.
A truce appeared to be in place when William invited his brother and sister-in-law to join him and wife Kate on the walkabout in Windsor as an expression of ‘unity for the Queen’, but, the body language suggested the rift was far from healed.
It comes as two new bombshell books have made a series of astonishing claims about the duke and duchess. Katie Nicholl’s book, The New Royals claims the couple had hoped to move into a ‘suite of apartments at Windsor Castle’ but were given Frogmore Cottage instead. Harry and Meghan reportedly had their hearts set on a home in the heart of the Queen’s Berkshire residence but were left disappointed.
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