'Loud voice coming from a small space': Meghan Markle seems to take dig at royal family in podcast
The Duchess of Sussex taped her first 'Archetypes' podcast after the Queen's death, advising listeners to "be yourself no matter what any societal framework tells you." Following the monarch's death at Balmoral last month, Meghan, 41, suspended the distribution of her Spotify podcast for the length of the official time of mourning. But the duchess advised listeners to ignore the "loud voice coming from a small space" in a new episode that was just broadcast today and explored the "Dragon Lady" stereotype with writer Lisa Ling and comedian Margaret Cho.
"You want to be weird or be sponge-like, be silly or fierce, be curious, or even self doubting or unsure some days and strong and brave on others," Meghan said in her podcast, adding, "Just be yourself no matter what any societal framework or archetype or loud voice coming from a small place tells you that you should be. Be yourself. Your full complete whole layered, sometimes weird, sometimes awesome, but always best and true self. Just be you. You're so much greater than any archetype."
This comes after Meghan previously expressed her dissatisfaction with life in the royal family following her marriage to Prince Harry. Prior to resigning as senior royals, the duchess stated in August that she and Harry were "glad" to leave Britain and were "upsetting the dynamic of the hierarchy... just by existing." She revealed in a shocking interview with The Cut that the pair did not ask for "reinventing the wheel" when they desired financial freedom.
Additionally, Harry was quoted as saying that some members of the royal family "aren't able to work and live together," and Meghan disclosed that her husband had claimed to have "lost" his father, Prince Charles. She was also criticized for "punching the Royal Family" a week earlier when she made a dig at being "labeled" ambitious when she started dating Harry. In the inaugural episode of the 'Archetypes' podcast with tennis star Serena Williams, Meghan highlighted the "suffering" she has gone through "behind closed doors" and stated she does not "ever remember personally feeling the negative connotation behind the word ambitious, until I started dating my now husband."
Meghan started today's episode by discussing her upbringing in Los Angeles, which she described as "full with culture that you could see, feel, hear, and taste on a daily basis." She also mentioned her "true passion" - learning about various cultures. She claimed that until many years later, she had no idea of the prejudices that Asian-American women experience.