Meghan Markle announced the upcoming title of her Spotify podcast series, and was received with mixed reactions from those who doubted the authenticity of the idea. Also, it was announced originally that the podcast would be hosted by Prince Harry and herself.
Prince Harry has been dropped from the podcast without explanation.
Harry’s wife, who recently admitted to the courts that she ‘forgot’ that she collaborated on the book ‘Finding Freedom’ and has interfered with the American political system plans to release the series early in the summer. The podcast will discuss female stereotypes applied to women’s intelligence and strength and will include interviews with historians and experts.
In the Spotify podcast series called “Archetypes,” Meghan Markle “investigates the labels that try to hold women back.” She 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 our narrative.”
Meghan Markle, through Archewell Audio, (headed by Rebecca Sananes) shared a teaser ahead of its release. The minute-long preview opened with clips of people using derogatory terms including “skanky,” “less intelligent,” and “weaker,” among many others, and included snippets of interviews with women.
Meghan Markle talks about how the show aims to dissect these stereotypes on women and speak with historians to trace their origin. She says in the teaser, “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?”
The 40-year old has yet to announce the lineup of guests and the exact release date of the first episode of the podcast series. But already, her choice of title “Archetypes” is causing controversy. Netizens claimed that the idea could have come from American author Caroline Myss’ book “Archetypes: Who Are You.”
In the book, the writer “delves into the world of archetypes, which in the context of the book is described as “universal patterns of behavior that, once discovered, help you better understand yourself and your place in the world.”
“My guess is Meghan read this book and copied her entire podcast idea from it,” one commented.
Despite the criticism, supporters of Meghan Markle expressed their excitement to hear what insights her “Archetypes” Spotify podcast series will have regarding stereotypes on women. They also applauded her for the hard work she put on the show especially since it involves interviews with historians and huge amounts of research to discuss a serious and sensitive topic.
In July 2021, Meghan Markle announce Rebecca Sananes was hired as head of Archewell Audio. Her primary job was to provide Spotify content.
In January 2022, Spotify announced they were hiring producers for the Meghan and Harry podcast. There was no mention that Prince Harry had been dropped from the podcast or what happened to Ms. Sananes who is still listed as working for Archewell.
This isn’t the first time Meghan Markle has been accused of plagiarizing.
In February 2020, she was accused of copying phrasing from a 1951 speech by Elanor Roosevelt when Markle gave a speech on International Women’s Day.
In October 2020, she was accused of plagiarism in a speech given at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Next Gen Virtual Summit.
For a list and examples of more times Meghan Markle has plagiarized, click here.