Meghan Markle fights back as the Duchess ‘found a way to undo public dehumanization’ | royal
Sussex biographer Omid Scobie said Meghan “finally got her voice back”. This came after Meghan released the first episode of her podcast Archetypes. Scobie wrote in his column for Yahoo that Meghan’s “personal life and image” has been “very much shaped through the lens of the media”.
But that, he said, “may soon change following the launch of Archewell Audio’s first podcast, Archetypes.”
Speaking of the podcast, Mr Scobie continued, “As someone who’s been called by every name under the sun, it’s not only an important conversation about how society talks about women, it’s also a smart way to engage with the critics, which Meghan previously was unable to reply back to.
“While each episode of the show is designed to illuminate the lived experiences of other women, Meghan has also found a way to undo some of her public dehumanization.”
Praising Meghan for leading “an entire movement”, he said: “Once the establishment has been silenced, it is clear that Meghan has finally regained her voice.
“A voice that will be very familiar to those who followed her before Harry.
“But this time she pulled a whole movement aside.”
But royal commentator Richard Eden lashed out at Mr Scobie’s claim, describing it as “unwittingly hilarious”.
On Twitter he said: “[Omid Scobie’s] The latest column (I read it so you don’t have to) is unintentionally hilarious.
The Duchess said: “I don’t recall ever feeling the negative connotation behind the word ambitious before I started dating my now husband.
“And um, ambition is apparently, um… a horrible, horrible thing for a woman to be – some.”
She added: “So after feeling the negativity behind it, it’s really hard to get rid of it.
“Neither do I see it in the millions of girls and women who regularly make themselves smaller — so much smaller.”
Meghan’s podcast is part of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s £18million deal with Spotify, which was signed in December 2020.
In the podcast’s trailer, the Duchess of Sussex said: “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 popping up and determining our lives?
“I’m Meghan and this is Archetypes – the podcast where we dissect, explore and subvert the labels that try to hold women back.
“I want to engage in conversations with women who know all too well how these typologies shape our narratives.
“And I want to talk to historians to understand how we got here in the first place.”