'You made pregnancy look so sexy': Meghan Markle gushes over pal Serena Williams on Archetype podcast
The Duchess of Sussex said, 'I just waddled around. I was just tired. So tired. Oh my god'
Serena Williams, the winner of 23 Grand Slams titles, appeared as a special guest on Meghan Markle new podcast, 'Archetypes'. Markle discussed women and the origins of cultural prejudices in the series, which made its Spotify debut on Tuesday, August 23.
For the first episode titled 'The Misconception of Ambition with Serena Williams,' they discussed the unfair judgment women receive when people call them "ambitious." Dr Laura Cray, a UC Berkeley professor and gender in the workplace expert, also joined the two ladies. Williams mentioned in one part of the recordings that she "loved being pregnant," and Markle complimented her for standing bare-chested on the cover of Vanity Fair with "that belly chain."
The Duchess of Sussex said, "Forget it. Yeah. Yeah. It's just like everything. You made pregnancy looks so sexy. I just waddled around. I was just tired. So tired. Oh my god." Archie Harrison, 3, and Lilibet Diana, 14, are Markle's two children, respectively, while Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr, 4, is Williams' sole daughter.
Serena expanded the conversation on pregnancy by saying, "You know, I was one of those. I was like, 'Oh, I love this... I'm so happy.' Like, I was literally one of... those women." Meghan then brought up Serena's 2017 Vanity Fair cover, in which she stood bare-chested with a piece of jewelry draped across her torso.
Markle said, "It's just like everything. You made pregnancy look so sexy. I just waddled around. I was just tired. So tired. Oh my God." Williams, who reportedly held Markle's baby shower in 2019 before the birth of her first child, claimed that "I was the annoying one. You were under a lot of stress." Markle agreed, "Yeah, it's true," without elaborating on the source of the stress.
Markle claimed that her podcast series will "dissect, analyze, and disrupt the identities that aim to keep women back." Mariah Carey will be the next guest on the next podcast. From wherever in the world, you can access Meghan Markle's weekly podcast on Spotify.
Archewell Audio, owned by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, has an exclusive agreement with Spotify and 'Archetypes' is the first series to be released on the platform as part of that deal. The agreement was concluded by Spotify and Archewell Audio in late 2020.
The Duchess of Sussex intends to let all of her guests speak freely, and includes people on her guest list that are historians and specialists who shatter myths about the history of women. The podcast, according to Markle's teaser, will discuss how women are taught, what they are told, and how the media portrays them. She explores the origin of these stereotypes and the reasons behind how and why they define and influence the lives of women.