Meghan Markle Is Back On The Podcast Scene

By Olivia Emily

5 months ago

Plus, the best Royal podcasts for monarchy mavens


News just in: Megan Markle will be making a return podcasting platforms in the near future. The Duchess of Sussex has a new partner to bring her podcasts back to life, with the first part of their partnership set to hit earbuds this spring. Here’s everything you need to know about the former royal’s podcast.

Meghan Markle To Re-Release Archetypes, Plus A New Podcast Project In The Works

Following the news that Spotify‘s exclusive podcast deal with Prince Harry and Meghan’s Archewell Productions ended last summer – with reports claiming the royal couple had underdelivered on their part by only releasing one show, Archetypes – it was expected that they would not be returning to podcasting anytime soon. Until now.

The Duchess of Sussex is reported to have entered a new deal with podcast network Lemonada Media, who will distribute the first season of Markle’s Archetypes series from spring 2024 and work with the couple to develop a new, as-yet-untitled original podcast also hosted by Markle.

Archetypes was originally released in August 2022. Hosted by Markle, it aimed to investigate, dissect and subvert the labels that try to hold women back. In the new deal, it will be available for the first time off Spotify, with Lemonada overseeing ad sales and distribution. The podcast has had over 10 million downloads to date, and debuted as Spotify’s number one podcast in 47 countries around the world.

‘I’m proud to now be able to share that I am joining the brilliant team at Lemonada to continue my love of podcasting,’ said Markle said in a statement. ‘Being able to support a female-founded company with a roster of thought provoking and highly entertaining podcasts is a fantastic way to kick off 2024. Our plan to re-release Archetypes so that more people can now have access to it, as well as launching a dynamic new podcast are well in the works. I’m so eager to be able to share it soon, and am overjoyed to be joining the Lemonada family.’

‘We are beyond honoured that Meghan has trusted us to help democratize access to Archetypes, and that so many more people around the world will have access to the series soon,’ added Lemonada CEO and co-founder Jessica Cordova Kramer. ‘Meghan’s talent as host, creator and conversationalist is unparalleled and we are thrilled to co-create a new series with her that fosters her approach to creating art that matters.’

And while you wait for Markle’s return to podcasting, you can tune in to one of the brilliant royal podcasts…

The Best Royal Podcasts To Tune Into Now

Fan of the Royal Family? There are plenty of royal books, films and TV shows to scratch the intrigue itch. If you prefer podcasts, we’ve got you covered. Here are the best Royal podcasts to tune into now.

The Queen’s Reading Room Podcast

For some royally approved reading recommendations, tune into The Queen’s Reading Room Podcast, the debut book podcast from the charity formed from the book club set up by Her Majesty Queen Camilla. Hosted by Vicki Perrin (CEO of The Queen’s Reading Room), eight weekly episodes of the podcast will be released from 8 January onwards, with a star-studded roster of authors invited for the first season – Sir Ian Rankin, Dame Joanna Lumley, Bonnie Garmus and more – all guiding us through their personal journeys through the literature that influenced their lives.

LISTEN: The Queen’s Reading Room Podcast will be available on all platforms from 8 January 2024.

Historic Royal Palaces Podcast

Fancy delving into the history of some of the Royal family’s magnificent homes? This podcast from Historic Royal Palaces gives listeners the chance to do just that, featuring experts to illuminate some of the incredible history housed in their walls. Episodes cover a range of regal topics, from the lives of monarchs to historic events to the people associated with the palaces.

LISTEN: Historic Royal Palaces Podcast is available on all major podcast platforms. podfollow.com

The Art of the Monarchy

Art lovers should listen to The Art of the Monarchy, a limited, eight-episode Royal podcast published way back in 2012 by BBC Sounds. It’s presented by Will Gompertz, the arts journalist who has since gone on to act as Artistic Director at the Barbican Centre, and the Director of London’s Sir John Soane’s Museum from January 2024. In The Art of the Monarchy, he examines some of the objects in the Royal Collection – those that have adorned, defined and described the story of a thousand years of the British monarchy.

LISTEN: The Art of the Monarchy is available on BBC Sounds. bbc.co.uk

Floodlight

Produced by The Anti-Slavery Collective, Floodlight is a podcast featuring discussions with guests such as activists, politicians, lawmakers, and survivors, who are all involved in the fight against modern slavery. Though the topic isn’t Royal, it is hosted by HRH Princess Eugenie and Julia de Boinville – so it’s the perfect listen if you’re looking to engage with the activities of this royal in particular. The episodes aim to provide clear takeaways, including how to spot potential signs of slavery in workplaces and communities.

LISTEN: Floodlight is available on all major podcast platforms. podfollow.com

Pod Save The King

If you’re more interested in of-the-moment Royal news, try Pod Save The King. Hosted by Ann Gripper and Russell Myers, this award-winning Royal podcast is published by the Daily Mirror, and features royal family news, interviews, fashion, and behind-the-scenes details, with discussions on the family’s work, place in the nation, and latest appearances.

LISTEN: Pod Save The King is available on all major podcast platforms. podfollow.com

 

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The Royal Rota

Another newsy Royal podcast comes from ITV News. Hosted by Royal Editor Chris Ship and Producer Lizzie Robinson, The Royal Rota is a weekly podcast covering various aspects of the royal family, including discussions on their activities, news, and events – plus insights, interviews and analysis on the latest stories.

LISTEN: The Royal Rota is available on all major podcast platforms. podfollow.com

Palace Intrigue

If you’re looking for the most up-to-date and of-the-moment Royal podcasts, Palace Intrigue is your best bet. A daily podcast, expect all news delving into the Royal Family, The Crown, and all the family’s latest developments. As the podcast’s own description proclaims, ‘It’s like experiencing Season 17 of The Crown in real time, providing you with a front-row seat to the captivating drama, power struggles, and secrets that unfold within the palace walls.’

LISTEN: Palace Intrigue is available on all major podcast platforms. podfollow.com

Royally Obsessed

For candid commentary on Royal happenings, tune into Royally Obsessed, which is hosted by Roberta Fiorito and Rachel Bowie. No topic is off limits: think royal appearances, fashion, historical significance, traditions, analysis of episodes of The Crown – the lot.

LISTEN: Royally Obsessed is available on all major podcast platforms. podfollow.com