Meghan Markle’s new
“Archetypes” is currently the most listened-to podcast on Spotify in
six countries, surpassing the usual American favorite, The Joe Rogan
On today’s U.S. Spotify
chart, “Archetypes” beat out both Rogan and the No. 3 entry
The Official Game of Thrones Podcast: House of the Dragon. Markle’s series also
dominated the Spotify UK charts, as well as for Canada, Ireland, Australia and
Archetypes debuted Tuesday
exclusively on Spotify, with tennis powerhouse Serena Williams as the inaugural
guest on the new series. Produced by Archewell Audio in partnership with
Spotify’s Gimlet Media, Archetypes arrived nearly two years after Markle
and her husband, Prince Harry, under their Archewell Audio banner, signed
an exclusive multi-year deal with Spotify. Next week’s episode will feature an
interview with Mariah Carey.
In the inaugural episode,
titled “The Misconceptions of Ambition,” Markle and
Williams discussed their youthful ambitions and the juggling of motherhood and
career in the public eye, with Williams also talking about her decision to move
on from tennis to other ventures.
At one point during their
conversation, Prince Harry “stepped in,” as Markle described it, with
a brief greeting to Williams.
The episode also drew attention to Markle’s memory of a scary moment when a
fire broke out in then-four-month-old Archie’s nursery when a heater
malfunctioned. Although the baby wasn’t in the room at the time, news of
the fire left Markle “shaken,” she said.
The episode also included a
conversation with Dr. Laura Cray, a professor at UC Berkeley and an expert
on gender in the workplace.