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Meghan Markle spotted shopping for first time since podcast episode

Whoopi Goldberg hits out at Meghan Markle's 'bimbo' comments

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The outing comes at a time the Duchess of Sussex is facing some backlash from former coworkers and television presenters for comments she made on her Spotify Archetypes podcast with guest Paris Hilton. In the episode, named Breaking Down the Bimbo, Meghan spoke of her time working on the television show Deal or No Deal and said the series “reduced her to a bimbo”.

Meghan Markle was seen walking around Pierre La Fond market, an upscale shopping outlet where she also had lunch in Sanat Barbara nearby.

The retail area is located in Montecito, where the royal lives with her husband Prince Harry and children Archie and Lilibet.

She was carrying a shopping bag from Wendy Foster, a high-end women’s clothes shop which specialises in sporting goods.

The Duchess was wearing a brimmed hat, sunglasses, flat sandals and a black strapless top with an olive-coloured jumper tied around her shoulders.

She was also accompanied by a friend, who wore a white cap, bright green jumper and torn-up jeans.

In the latest episode of her podcast, Meghan Markle revealed why she left the television show Deal or No Deal in 2006, and said: “I ended up quitting the show. I was so much more than what was being objectified on the stage.”

She told guest Paris Hilton that the experience made her feel “not smart” and added that she didn’t like “feeling forced to be all looks and little substance.”

Also in the same episode, the Duchess of Sussex added she wished for daughter Lilibet’s goals to “aspire to be slightly higher”.

The royal said: “Yeah, I want my Lili to want to be educated and want to be smart and to pride herself on those things.”

However, the Duchess added she was grateful for the work as one of her first roles, as she said: ”While Deal or No Deal was not about acting, I was still really grateful as an auditioning actress to have a job that could pay my bills. I had income, I was part of the union, I had health insurance. It was great.”

Some former members of the Deal or No Deal cast have spoken out since the podcast aired and defended the show.

Alike Boggan, a model, fashion designer and fitness expert, said: “I was there from the very first episode and I loved every minute of it. It was a great job and a great opportunity.

“There was an emphasis on us girls looking our best but it’s showbusiness — an aesthetic industry — and it didn’t bother me at all.

“I never felt uncomfortable and never felt there was anything undignified about it. I was grateful for the good salary and the good working conditions. I look back on it fondly.”

Another former colleague, Lisa Gleave, who is a model, presenter and actress, commented that she was “blessed and lucky to have been in it”.

She added: “I never looked at it as a show that objectified women. The cast and crew treated us very well. It was a professional set. For many of us, it was a stepping stone on our careers and we went on to greater things.”

Ms Gleave said although the show “resolved around beautiful women” they were “all smart and intelligent women and nobody treated us like bimbos”.

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Claudia Jordan, a Real Housewives of Atlanta star who also worked on Deal or No Deal, posted on her Instagram stories about podcast.

She wrote: “For clarity – yes getting a modelling gig on a game show isn’t necessarily about your intellect, but every show the executive producers picked five models with the most outgoing and fun personalities to place mics on, who they knew would engage with the contestants.

“And Deal or No Deal never treated us like bimbos. We got so many opportunities because of that show.”

Whoopi Goldberg, one of the television hosts of The View, criticised Meghan Markle’s comments on the podcast and said: “When you’re a performer, you take the gig.

“You take the gig. Sometimes, you’re in a Bozo suit, sometimes you got a big nose, and this is just the way it is.”

She added: “We’re not journalists. We’re actors. We’re trying to get to another place.”

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