Meghan Markle’s ‘Archetypes’ Podcast on Hold After Queen’s Death

Pressing pause. Meghan Markle will reportedly hold off on releasing new episodes of her “Archetypes” podcast in the wake of Queen Elizabeth II‘s death.

The 41-year old Duchess de Sussex launched her Spotify podcast last month. According to multiple outlets, there will be no new episode on Tuesday, September 13, in light of the British royal family’s loss. It’s unclear when the show will return.

Meghan dropped the first episode of “Archetypes” — which featured a candid conversation with her pal Serena Williams — on August 23. The BenchAuthor and husband Prince HarryAfter their announcement of their retirement from senior royal duties, they struck a multiyear agreement with Spotify and their Archewell Audio production house in 2020.


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Through her show, Meghan seeks to “uncover the origin of these stereotypesAnd have uncensored conversations with women who know all too well how these typecasts shape narratives,” per a press release. Mariah Carey and Mindy KalingThey have also been guests on the podcast. Constance Wu, Issa Rae, Lisa Ling, Margaret Cho, ZiweMore are expected to join future episodes.

As “Archetypes” takes a brief hiatus, Meghan and Harry, 37, are continuing to mourn the late monarch, who died on Thursday, September 8, at age 96. Harry and Meghan were already in the U.K. at the time for charity engagements, so Harry raced to Balmoral in Scotland in order to say goodbye. King Charles III, Prince WilliamMore royal family members traveled to the Scottish estate.

William, 40 years old, was invited to London by his younger brother. SuitsAlumnus to join him Princess Kate in welcoming well-wishers at the queen’s Windsor estate. The Fab Four greeted crowds of mourners together in a rare joint appearance on Saturday, September 10, accepting flowers and viewing tributes to the queen at the property’s gates.

Meghan Markle Puts New Podcast Episodes on Pause After Queen's Death

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“The mood is somber all around,” a source exclusively told Us WeeklyThe interaction between Harry and Prince of Wales during their grief.

A second source added, “The royals knew Elizabeth’s end was near, but mentally, she was as sharp as ever right until it was her time to go. All of the royals are struggling to come to terms with the devastating news.”

The Duke of Sussex felt “guilt-stricken” about landing in Scotland after the palace had already announced Elizabeth’s death, the insider told Use. “He loved his grandmother with all his heart and is going through a terrible time right now. The news hasn’t fully sunk in.”

While Harry and his wife have experienced many ups, downs, and a lot of heartbreak with the royal family since 2020’s step down in the throne, they held the queen highly in their hearts. During the pair’s March 2021 CBS tell-all, Meghan reflected on some of her earliest moments with the monarch, gushing that Elizabeth had “always been wonderful” toward her.

“We had one of our first joint engagements together. She asked me to join her, and I went on the train,” she recalled. “And we had breakfast together that morning and she gave me a beautiful gift and I just really loved being in her company.”