Meghan Markle’s divisive first podcast labelled ‘punch to the royal family’

Meghan Markle's first Archetypes podcast was finally released on Tuesday and it certainly packed a punch, with the Duchess revealing some previously unknown anecdotes and sharing her thoughts on what it is to be an ambitious woman.

The podcast has received mixed reactions, with one person in particular praising Meghan for an "articulate and insightful episode", whereas others have regarded some of her revelations as a swipe at the royal family.

In one instance, Meghan, 41, spoke to her guest, tennis ace Serena Williams, about double standards women face when labelled 'ambitious', saying that she "doesn't ever remember personally feeling the negative connotation behind the word ambitious, until I started dating my now husband (Prince Harry)".

She continued: "And apparently ambition is a terrible, terrible thing. For a woman that is, according to some.

"So since I felt the negativity behind it, It's really hard to unfeel it. I can't unsee it either in the millions of girls and women who make themselves smaller, so much smaller on a regular basis."

Her comments have left a bitter taste in the mouth of some, who have labelled them "a smack in the face for Harry and a punch towards the Royal Family".

Royal commentator Angela Levin said of Meghan: "She would still be a D-list celebrity if she had not married a prince. She aligns herself with them [Serena Williams and next podcast guest Mariah Carey], but they have done brilliantly and overcome difficult childhood, whereas she has married a prince and spent a lot of money.

"She thought it was normal to be ambitious and only when she started dating Harry did she realise that it was not welcomed. My goodness, that is a smack at Harry and a punch to the Royal Family. Harry told her about life in the Royal Family, but she obviously did not want to listen.

"The Royal Family is about ambition in sense of duty and giving. It is not about getting to the top.

"Why is everything so hard for her? Because she won't accept where she is and make the best of it. She has had a nanny when most could not. She has said will see the real her, well she needs to justify the ambition claim she is making."

Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams told MailOnline: "She [Meghan] undoubtedly feels she has been singled out. The interview was about The Misconception of Ambition, but the implication here is that after she dated Harry she feels she was picked on.

"She was ambitious beforehand and did well in Suits but that is not top league television."

Many fans have praised Meghan's podcast though, with one person tweeting: “Love this conversation with Meghan Markle and @serenawilliams. Hell yes women should be ambitious — and praised for it.”

Another said: "When Meghan said as young girls we are usually so fearless and then we grow more insecure as we grow up because we get aware of the archetypes thrown at us, I really felt that."

A third tweeted: “I’m loving the relaxed, articulate and insightful episode of Archetypes with Meghan and Serena Williams. Good job!”

Elsewhere in the podcast Meghan recalled a terrifying time that a fire broke out in her then five month old son Archie's nursery when they were on their royal South Africa tour – thankfully he wasn't in there at the time – and Meghan took a thinly-veiled swipe at the royal family, when she said that, following the incident, she and Harry had to undertake another planned engagement.

Speaking of the moment she and Harry were told of the incident, Meghan said: "Everyone's in tears, everyone is shaking. And what did we have to do? Go out and do another official engagement. And I said, 'This doesn't make any sense, can you just tell people what happened?"


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