Meghan Markle’s new ‘Originals’ podcast has risen to the top of Spotify podcast chartsand took first place from the long-running No. 1 title “The Joe Rogan Experience” in the United States.
The ‘archetypes’ also grabbed the number one spot on the Spotify charts in Canada, Australia and of course the UK, where the Duchess of Sussex maintains a loyal following even after stepping away from royal duties with her husband Prince Harry. Markle’s podcast has been named #1 in the UK by Diary of a CEO, an entrepreneur podcast hosted by entrepreneur Steve Bartlett.
The Originals also outperformed HBO’s new companion podcast on the “Game of Thrones” sub-series. “Dragon House” and “Girls Next Level,” a podcast hosted by “The Girls Next Door” starring Holly Madison and Bridget Marquardt as they reflect on their time at the Playboy mansion.
In “Originals,” Markle discusses the stereotypes women face in professional and social settings, with tennis legend Serena Williams as her first guest. The two women discussed the double standards faced by women who are considered “ambitious”, with Williams revealing that Prince Harry was someone who helped her make her decision to retire from tennis after this year’s US Open.
“I think, you know, I think both of us, or three of us, really know that sometimes the right decision isn’t the easiest decision,” Markle said, as the two compared Serena’s retirement to Markle and Harry’s decision to step down. From royal duties and moving to the United States in 2020. “It takes a lot of courage, I think, too, to stop something in many ways rather than continue sometimes.”
“The Joe Rogan Experience” has been the #1 podcast on Spotify since the comedian and UFC commentator signed an exclusive deal with the streaming service in May 2020. But “Originals” isn’t the first podcast to push Rogan away from . 1 spot.
In September 2021, Rogan’s first episode of the gaming podcast “Banter With Sapnap and Karl Jacobs” topped Rogan, and last May the fantasy series “Batman Unburied” topped Rogan with a superhero tale with “Black Panther” star Winston Duke as Bruce. Wayne and crew including Jason Isaacs, Hassan Minhaj and Gina Rodriguez.
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