Remember Oprah Winfrey’s bombshell “interview” with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry earlier this year, in which she stroked her subjects’ egos and failed to probe them on any of their hyperbolic claims? Well, Cockburn has found an even worse interviewer than Oprah: Meghan Markle.
Listening to Archetypes, Meghan’s podcast about “dissecting labels,” Cockburn found it a little weird that the guests never spoke over each other. You’d think that as the interviewees they’d try and get a word in edgeways through Meghan’s babbling. After labeling the show a “candid conversation” it seems the conversation is actually happening without Meghan.
One of the podcast guests has revealed that she didn’t actually speak to Meghan for the show in an Instagram post. Allison Yarrow from New York appeared on the Duchess’s show last week in an episode called “To ‘B’ or not to ‘B’” where she spoke about the word ‘bitch.”
In her post, Allison shared a photograph of herself in front of a sign for Gimlet, the audio production house run by the ex-Obama staffers behind Pod Save America, and thanked a producer, Farrah Safarfi, for being ‘an excellent interviewer.” But in the show, Allison’s comments are interspersed with comments from Meghan herself.
This isn’t the first time people have questioned whether Meghan actually speaks to her interviewees. After an episode with Justin Trudeau’s wife Sophie, an old Markle friend from her Suits days in Montreal, it was clear that the conversation was recorded in separate studios, as podcast producer J.P. Davidson tweeted, “Thrilled to finally share that Sophie Grégoire Trudeau was in our studio with producer Will for her interview with Meghan Markle.”
Even after leaving the British royal family, Meghan Markle has found a new way to get paid for doing nothing. Cockburn can’t help but admire the chutzpah.