Meghan Markle ‘humbled’ by naked spa visits as a teen, she says in new podcast

The Duchess of Sussex’s Archetypes podcast has resumed on Spotify after a four-week break following the death of the Queen.

Meghan, in her latest episode released on Tuesday, explores the “Dragon Lady” stereotype with journalist Lisa Ling and comedian Margaret Cho.

The duchess began by talking about her experience of growing up in Los Angeles which was “full of culture that you could see, feel, hear and taste on a daily basis” and said she had a “real love” of getting to know other cultures.

She spoke of going to a Korean spa with her mother as a teenager, adding: “It’s a very humbling experience for a girl going through puberty because you enter a room with women from ages nine to maybe 90, all walking around naked and waiting to get a body scrub on one of these tables that are all lined up in a row. All I wanted was a bathing suit.”

“Once I was over that adolescent embarrassment, my mom and I, we would go upstairs we would sit in a room and we would have a steaming bowl of the most delicious noodles,” she said.

Meghan said she was not aware of the stigmas faced by women of Asian descent until many years later.

The duchess said: “The Dragon Lady, the East Asian temptress whose mysterious foreign allure is scripted as both tantalising and deadly.

“This has seeped into a lot of our entertainment. But this toxic stereotyping of women of Asian descent, it doesn’t just end once the credits roll.”

The former actress launched her highly anticipated podcast earlier this year, however the release of new episodes was paused following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Previous episodes of Archetypes featured conversations with veteran tennis player Serena Williams, pop star Mariah Carey and actress and producer Mindy Kaling.

Archetypes was launched with the aim of investigating “labels that try to hold women back” through conversations between Meghan and historians, experts and women who have experienced being typecast.

So far episodes have featured titles such as The Duality Of Diva and The Misconception Of Ambition.

Meghan and Prince Harry signed a $25 million (£18 million) deal with audio streaming service Spotify to host and produce podcasts.

Harry is also set to release a tell-all memoir either later this year or in early 2023.

Announcing his book, he said: "I'm writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become."


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