Meghan Markle’s ‘talks 1.5 times more than her guest’ on new ‘dud’ podcast

Meghan Markle has been slammed for not allowing her guest to speak often enough on the debut episode of her podcast after critics claim the former working royal talked more.

The Duchess of Sussex released Archetypes on Spotify yesterday (August 23) with her guest being tennis legend and friend Serena Williams.

Titled The Misconception of Ambition with Serena Williams, she told listeners that she wanted to talk to somebody who "embodies the spirit of ambition."

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And despite Serena having lots to talk about, one of the royal's most ardent critics calculated that the host spoke for 1.5 times longer than her guest.

Writing for, where she called the podcast a “dud”, Daniela Elser said: “To understand why it is such a lemon you only need to look at two numbers.

“Meghan, based on the word count from the transcript available, was responsible for about 61 per cent of the conversation and Serena Williams, a woman whose achievements include 23 Grand Slam Singles titles and who is, in Meghan’s words, a 'trendsetter, trailblazer, businesswoman, mum' only hits the 39 per cent mark.

“To put it another way, Meghan spoke for approximately 1.5 times more time than the woman who was there to tell her story.

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Elser continued by stating instead of Serena talking about herself and career, she claims the podcast has "Meghan, Meghan, a touch of Harry and some more Meghan with some Serena thrown in here and there."

As of today (August 24), the debut episode of the podcast has yet to crack Spotify's Top 100 for individual episodes in the UK and the United States, and has also failed to do the same for overall podcast listens.

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