THE gift that keeps on giving, Meghan Markle has released a podcast through Spotify. She spouts a lot of guff about ambition and double standards and balancing motherhood with a career in world domination. Serena Williams also talks about her own struggles with ambition and double standards and balancing motherhood with her career in world domination. Spotify may worry that it was (novelty factor aside) not quite a meeting of great minds and repeat business might tail off. They shouldn’t. We are hooked. We’d listen to Meghan read the phone book. She transcends content.
So what does Meghan wants us to think about Meghan in Meghan’s podcast? To save you wading through the verbal diarrhoea that Spotify has sent out on the airwaves, here’s her message in summary. (No one understands her like I do. So, to the world – you are welcome.)
Message 1: Meghan is clear that she was special way before Harry came along. A rampant Joan of Arc writing strongly worded letters and changing the world for women at age 11. Meghan’s memory has been shown to be a little unreliable. But let’s not get bogged down in details. She changed the world. Take that, Kate.
Message 2: Meghan has plenty of friends. One of her besties is Serena Williams and they talk like all the time. They text, they Facetime, they call. They share their lives. The warmth between the two women who understand what it’s like to have world domination is touching. Their mutual admiration society started when they became ‘fast friends’ at a time when Meghan was a ‘celebrity’ actress and Serena was a tennis superstar. They know each other’s struggles with decision-making, which I certainly found relatable (should I retire from world class tennis or should I take my Prince to Hollywood?)
Message 3: No one understands that when stars (read Meghan) are ‘on’ that they may have had a hard day or a hard night. Meghan, who has opened up repeatedly about the nasty business of being forced as a member of the Royal Family to go on royal engagements, has now remembered that there was a fire in her baby’s nursery. This memory resurfaced after Serena recalled her baby having a broken wrist. Serena is a super-competitive tennis player, but Meghan beat her in straight sets in the baby trauma game.
Message 4: Harry is a clever guy. Serena sought out Harry for advice. Meghan remembers Harry and Serena ‘talking for like an hour down in the . . .’ Meghan petered at that point. She’s smart. Meghan didn’t let slip the location where Serena sought Harry’s wise counsel. It might have alienated us if she had finished her sentence ‘. . . ballroom/grounds/library/castle’. Harry casually popped in during the recording of the podcast (and, as I predicted, his role is diminishing – he had maybe a couple of lines, one of which included the word ‘vibe’ – written by Meghan. And off he popped). Meghan, you go girl.
Narcissism may be over-used. In Meghan’s case it’s bang on. Reviews saying that it’s dull? Pooh, they don’t know what they are talking about. So sign me up, Spotify, I am very entertained. But calling it Archetype? Spotify, you missed a trick. Was Meghamind taken?