Meghan Markle giving up reality TV because of her 'own level of drama'

On the season finale of her Spotify podcast Archetypes, the Duchess of Sussex told Andy Cohen that she has no interest in reality TV

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While chatting with Real Housewives franchise executive producer Andy Cohen on the season finale of her Spotify podcast Archetypes, Meghan Markle revealed that she will stay far away from reality TV shows moving forward.

Although usually featuring interviews with other famous women, the final episode of Meghan Markle's Spotify podcast Archetypes included conversations with a number of men, a suggestion that supposedly came from her own husband, Prince Harry. 

The Man-ifesting a Cultural Shift chat featured Judd Apatow, Trevor Noah and reality TV guru Andy Cohen, who got candid about his uber successful franchise The Real Housewives while also questioning Meghan about her own devotion to the television format.

Specifically, while talking with Andy, Meghan revealed that she was always a fan of The Real Housewives but is no longer able to catch episodes.

"I will tell you the truth," Meghan said to Andy. "I stopped watching the Real Housewives when my life had its own level of drama that I stopped craving..." At that point, Andy finished Meghan's thought by saying "other people's."      

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry depart after visiting Nechells Wellbeing Centre on March 8, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

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"But I mean, I would say almost every one of my friends still watches it and I go, 'Why are you watching that? There's so much drama!' And it's because it's entertainment," continued the 41-year-old Duchess of Sussex. "It's entertaining to them and I also think it's so familiar because it's been on for so long. You've created an empire."

The creator of the reality TV franchise went on to discuss fans' urging that Meghan join the series once she moved back to the United States. "I never heard that!," Meghan replied. "You mean really that this is my audition for Real Housewives of Montecito? Is this the moment?" 

Meghan then closed off the conversation by stating that "there will be no reality show," a statement that led most fans to think about the new Netflix docuseries scheduled to debut on the platform in December and dissecting her life and relationship with husband Harry. 

Lest her followers hope to hear Meghan get candid about it all on Netflix, the celebrity told Variety (opens in new tab) back in October that audience members should expect their story to be told "through the lens" of "someone else." Whether that actually means that neither party will appear on the program is yet to be seen.

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Although supposedly never thinking of getting cast on the show itself, Meghan did reveal to Andy that, while starring on Suits, she always dreamed of appearing on the host's late-night talk show Watch What Happens Live. 

"I was so eager to be on your show because I was such a Housewives fan at the time and I just couldn't get booked, Andy!,” she joked , at which point Andy called her absence from his roster "the biggest blunder in the 13 years of the show."

As they say: the one that got away...

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