In her most recent Spotify podcast, which was just launched and features Paris Hilton, Meghan Markle discusses her year as a Deal or No Deal briefcase girl. She says she left because she felt “objectified,” solely valued for “beauty not brains,” and treated like a “bimbo.”
As she sought to establish herself as an actor and “pay the bills,” the Duchess of Sussex claimed she was appreciative of the work but did not appreciate “how it made me feel, which was not sensible.”
Speaking with Paris Hilton on their new Archetypes podcast, “Breaking Down the Bimbo,” As she thought she was on Deal or No Deal, where she made appearances in 34 episodes, Meghan stated she wanted her own daughter Lilibet to be respected more for her brain than her beauty or her physique.
The Duchess said: ‘I want our daughter to aspire to be slightly higher. Yeah, I want my Lili to want to be educated and want to be smart and to pride herself on those things’.
16 years ago, Meghan made an appearance on Deal or No Deal during Season 2. For two episodes, she stood next to briefcase number 11, then she moved on to suitcase number 24. In 2006, she departed the program in the middle of the season.
She said: ‘I ended up quitting the show. I was so much more than what was being objectified on the stage. I didn’t like feeling forced to be all looks. And little substance. And that’s how it felt for me at the time being reduced to this specific archetype the word bimbo’.
The California-based queen disclosed that she and the other program participants were made to “queue up” for different cosmetic procedures, including as “padding in your bra” and fake eyelashes. We were even given spray-tan vouchers each week, she claimed, because there was a very predetermined vision of how we were to appear. It was all about how beautiful we were.
As Meghan continued to discuss Deal or No Deal, a clip of writer Clare Malone from the New Yorker was played. Malone claims that the term “bimbo” is “a phrase that is used to break down a beautiful woman to kind of say oh she’s lovely, but maybe she’s promiscuous or maybe she’s foolish or stupid.”