A royal recollection. Meghan Markle recalled a “humbling” moment from her childhood in her first “Archetypes” podcast episode since Queen Elizabeth II’s death.
The Duchess of Sussex, 41 — whose podcast aims to “explore subvert the labels that try to hold women back,” according to its official description — hosted Asian stars Margaret Cho and Lisa LingThey discussed stereotypes of Asian women on Tuesday, October 4.
Meghan opened the conversation by telling a story about going to a Korean Spa with her mom. Doria RaglandWhen she was a baby.
“Now, for those of you who haven’t been to one before, it’s a very humbling experience for a girl going through puberty because you enter a room with women from ages 9 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,” the Suits alum recalled, remembering, “All I wanted was a bathing suit. Which you’re not allowed by the way.”
While the BenchAuthor shared that although it was difficult for her to deal with as a child, she and she created lasting memories together when she opened up about the experience.
“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,” Meghan shared.
Tuesday’s “Archetypes” episode is the first since the death of the Archewell cofounder’s grandmother-in-law, the queen, who passed away on September 8 at the age of 96.
Meghan Prince Harry — who are parents of 3-year-old son Archie 15-month-old daughter Lilibet — spent two weeks in the U.K. following Her Majesty’s passing, attending multiple public events in the late monarch’s honor and reconnecting with Harry’s estranged family.
In addition to mourning together at the queen’s state funeral on September 19, Meghan and Harry, 38, also joined Prince William and Princess KateTo greet the public who came outside Windsor Castle to pay respects to the late sovereign. King Charles III, who assumed the throne upon the death of his mother, also extended an “olive branch” to the Sussexes during his inaugural speech as monarch.
“I want also to express my love for Harry and Meghan, as they continue to build their lives overseas,” the king, 73, stated in his first address to the U.K. as the new sovereign.
Harry and Meghan — who is also estranged from her father, Thomas Markle — have been at odds with the royal family since stepping down from their duties as senior royals in 2020. The rift grew as the couple moved to California in order to be with their son Archie. Later, in a CBS interview, they attacked The Firm.
As for the possibility of mending fences in the wake of the queen’s death, royal expert Myko ClellandOnly told Us Weekly last month, “I think now is the time grief brings families together, and we’ve seen this coming together. So, if it’s going to happen, I think now is the best possible chance.”