Meghan Markle's new podcast could be more 'damaging' than the Oprah interview for royal family

A royal writer believes it could be a chance for the Duchess to finally have her say

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According to a royal expert, Meghan's podcast could be more damaging than the Oprah interview was, for the royal family - as she has free reign over what to talk about for the next 11 weeks.

Meghan claimed a huge victory last week, as her new podcast Archetypes, became a huge success, knocking Joe Rogan's show, The Joe Rogan Experience, out of the number one spot on Spotify's most-listened to chart on Thursday.

During the first episode of the podcast, Meghan interviewed good friend tennis player, Serena Williams, while also talking about the misconception of ambition. However, a royal biographer has said that the podcast 'has the potential to be even more damaging than the Oprah interview.'

The now famous Oprah interview was a tell-all for the Duke and Duchess, which even surprised their host - with Oprah revealing even she was surprised that Meghan and Harry went 'all the way there'. 

The first episode, of the podcast, which will run for 12 weeks, was listened to by millions of people around the world and quickly climbed to the top position in the US, Canada, Australia, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Titled the Misconception of Ambition, the first episode was a 57-minute-long discussion with Serena and Dr. Laura Kay, a leading authority on gender in the workplace.

Talking about her own experiences of ambition, and how they didn't change until she started to date Prince Harry, she said on the podcast, "I don't remember ever personally feeling the negative connotation behind the word 'ambitious' until I started dating my now husband."

But, with 11 episodes left, Duncan Larcombe, a royal biographer has said this could just be the start of Meghan talking about her experiences as a senior royal. “This was the opening salvo in Meghan’s 12-week war. It has the potential to be even more damaging than the Oprah interview because it is Meghan, in her own words, on her own show, doing exactly what she wants, and the fact is she took the first opportunity to plunge the knife in," he claimed to the Daily Beast.


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The royal expert went on to say, "This will have come as a great relief to the executives on the other side of the glass at Spotify, who paid millions of dollars for her."

However, Larcombe says that, despite this, the podcast has massive potential, "It’s a huge hit, of course, but the fact that she was interviewing Serena Williams is almost completely irrelevant to the listening figures. Meghan has star power and this was all about Meghan being Meghan.”

Harry and Meghan launched their production company, Archewell Audio, two years ago -  reportedly signing an $18 million, three-year podcast deal with Spotify for their new show. 

Sarah Finley

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