Meghan Markle discusses her new Spotify podcast 'Archetypes'
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Meghan Markle’s latest podcast guest has shared a sweet behind-the-scenes snap. Journalist Lisa Ling joined the Duchess of Sussex, who is living in California with Prince Harry after quitting royal duties, for this week’s episode of Archetypes.
Ms Ling took to Instagram on Wednesday to post a photo with her daughter Jett and Meghan.
She said: “So enjoyed talking to Meghan Markle for her podcast #Archetypes.
“She is such a bright and compelling conversationalist and I hope people take the time to get to know her beyond the often insidious headlines.”
In the black and white snap, Ms Ling’s daughter stands between her and the Duchess as the trio smile for the camera.
Meghan looks chic on a striped pussybow blouse, trousers and heels.
It comes as the Duchess’s Spotify series, which looks at the stereotypes women face, resumed on Tuesday after a four-week break following the death of the Queen.
In the latest episode, Meghan, Ms Ling and comedian Margaret Cho explored the “Dragon Lady” stereotype.
The Duchess hit out at films such as Austin Powers and Kill Bill for presenting caricatures of women of Asian descent as over-sexualised or aggressive.
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She 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.”
Meghan also spoke about her teenage embarrassment at walking around naked with her mother at a Korean spa in Los Angeles.
She said she and Doria Ragland shared a love of getting to know other cultures and would visit the spa, where swimming costumes were not permitted, for a bowl of noodles, sitting with women up to the age of 90 who were waiting for a body scrub.
The Duchess said of the Korean spa: “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 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 – which you’re not allowed, by the way – and 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.
“And we’d look around at all of these other women – these beautiful Korean women who had embraced the generational tradition of the jjimjilbang and shared it with one another. That was part of the Asian-American culture that I knew.”
Korean spas, also known as jjimjilbang, focus on relaxing, spending quality time with friends and family.
Meghan said she was not aware of the stigmas faced by women of Asian descent until many years later.
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