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Megan's Banned Podcast Ridiculed for Hosting Fake Interviews

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By Erika John - - 5 Mins Read
Megan Markle speaks at the studio for a Spotify podcast
Megan Markle at her Spotify podcast | Spotify

The former actress has just been accused of faking interviews for her Archetypes podcast episodes which were terminated from Spotify after just one season. The podcast steered for 12 episodes from August 2022 and portrayed Meghan chatting with celebrities, historians, and experts about the history of stereotypes leveled against women.


The revelation about the fake interview came up just after Spotify announced their $20 million deal with Prince Harry and Meghan had ended in a 'mutual agreement.'


According to Podnews, Meghan never showed up for most of the interviews, and members of the duchess’s staff mostly did it, and audio of the royal voice asking the questions was later clipped in.


The outlet reported that “some interviews on the show were done by other staff of the duchess, with audio of 41-year-old Meghan's Questions edited in afterward”. However, there was no specific episode reference.


For a while, members of the royal family have ridiculed Megan and Prince Henry for their 'celebrity craving.' Even coining out a derogatory nickname for the couple.

Megan Markle posing for a photo

Meghan’s podcast titled Archetypes with Meghan featured many high-profile guests throughout its 12 episodes, including Serena Williams, Mariah Carey, and Mindy Kaling, who shared a visual of herself being interviewed by the Duchess when her episode aired. However, this is not the first time questions have been raised concerning Meghan’s input into the audio show.


Last year August podcast guest Allison Yarrow, a journalist from New York, appeared on an episode of the show called To 'B' or not to 'B'? in which she 'explored the origin and plague of popular slang b***h,' revealed that she was interviewed by a member of her production instead of Meghan herself.  Shortly after her recorded interview, She explained in a social media post that the chat had taken place with an audio producer called Farrah Safari. 


She Shared an image of herself in front of a Gimlet sign for an audio production company. Allison thanked Farrah in the caption, commending him for being an 'excellent interviewer.'


According to walk street journal WJS, Meghan and Harry signed a $ 20 million deal with Spotify for the project in late 2020, but the royal couple did not meet the productivity benchmark required to receive the full payout.


At the time,  Meghan wrote on the couple’s Archewell website:

“I love sitting up late at night in bed, digging my hands into the process, working on the writing and creative.


“And digging deep into a meaningful conversation with my diverse and inspiring guests, laughing and learning with them. It has been such a toil of love.”


The Archetypes podcast, which looked at the "labels that try to hold women back," won the top podcast award at the People’s Choice Award in Los Angeles last December.