Meghan Markle teases host of TV show that turned her down
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In the final episode of Meghan Markle's podcast, Archetypes, she was joined by male guests for the first time in the series.
One of which was TV personality Andy Cohen, 54, the host of Bravo talk show, Watch What Happens Live and executive producer of the channel's Real Housewives franchise.
Meghan teased Cohen during the episode about an incident that had taken place years earlier, when he had politely declined her offer to appear on his talk show.
"I just couldn't get booked," Meghan joked.
Regaling the story from her time as an actress on the TV show Suits — in which the Duchess of Sussex played Rachel Zane — she explained whilst laughing: "I was so eager to be on your show because I was such a [Real] Housewives fan at the the time and I just couldn't get booked, Andy, so thanks for being here with me."
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Cohen replied: "You know what's so funny? I had that feeling when basically, we started to kind of forensically figure out if it was you because we had a sense, we kind of put it together a little.
"We were like, 'I think she maybe is a Housewives fan, but even worse... we think we didn't have her on the show.'" Cohen then added, "Oh my God, if it turns out that Meghan Markle actually expressed an interest to be on Watch What Happens Live... it is now the biggest blunder in the 13 years of show.'"
The conversation wasn't intended to "embarrass him," said Markle, "but I thought it was funny to just try to remember how things were".
Meghan also joked with the talk show host about the fact he'd met her before the podcast recording but he would "never remember it" to which Cohen replied, "This is going to ruin my day".
As Markle explained that Cohen had in fact met her twice before she was catapulted to fame as a newly married member of the Royal Family, he gasped in response.
The conversation between Markle and Cohen also covered whether the duchess is still a Real Housewives viewer — she said not, since now her private "life [has] its own level of drama" she "stopped craving other people's" — and whether or not the hit reality show franchise plays a part in "creating caricatures of women".
Other guests on this final episode included comedian Trevor Noah and film producer Judd Apatow. Markle noted to her listeners that in "the past eleven episodes... you haven't heard many men's voices.
"In fact, until now outside of a quick pop in from my husband... this show has featured exclusively women's voices and that's by design. It was important to us that women have a space to share their authentic and complicated complex and dynamic experiences – to be heard and to be understood."
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However, Markle added "at the suggestion" of Prince Harry, she decided to invite male guests on for the final episode to "broaden the conversation and actively include men" in the discussions over breaking down stereotypes of women.