Meghan Markle debuts new podcast with special guest Serena Williams

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Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, released the premiere episode of her long-awaited podcast Tuesday and did so with the help of a celebrity friend.

Meghan’s first Archetypes podcast episode features the duchess in conversation with tennis superstar Serena Williams, a longtime friend who attended Meghan’s wedding to Prince Harry in 2018.

The two talked about ambition, and the stereotypes and criticisms they’ve faced as women in the public eye — the focus of Meghan’s podcast — and chatted about how they became “fast friends” after meeting at the 2014 Super Bowl.

“We have a lot in common,” Williams said of their friendship.

“So much,” said Meghan. “… you experience behind closed doors the pain that I’m going through and vice versa.”

Meghan, 41, and Williams, 40, spoke about Williams’ recent announcement that she plans to “evolve” away from professional tennis. The duo also revealed that Meghan’s husband, Harry, helped counsel Williams as she considered her next career move.

“He was trying to knock some sense into me and I’m just like, ‘Uh,'” said Williams.

“I think, you know, I think both of us, or the three of us, really know that sometimes the right decision isn’t the easiest decision,” said Meghan. “It’s a hard decision. And it takes a lot of thought, and a lot of counsel and a lot of support to just go ‘uh uh uh’ and then just make the choice.”

Harry and Meghan made the decision to step down from their roles as senior working royals in 2020, and now live in California with their children Archie and Lilibet.

Meghan’s next episode of Archetypes will feature a conversation with Mariah Carey and is set to be released next week.

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‘No Time To Die’ gets royal reception at Royal Albert Hall premiere

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British royalty mixed with Hollywood royalty Tuesday night in London on the red carpet of the world premiere of the latest James Bond movie, No Time to Die.

Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, joined William’s father, Prince Charles, and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, for a night out at the premiere.

The royal foursome walked the red carpet at London’s Royal Albert Hall, where they watched a special screening of the movie, the 25th in the James Bond series and the last that will see Daniel Craig starring as Bond.

The royals were joined at the screening by health care workers and members of the Armed Forces, who were invited in appreciation for their service during the pandemic.

Before watching the film, William, Kate, Charles and Camilla met with the stars of the movie — including Craig, Rami MalekLéa Seydoux and Lashana Lynch — as well as the movie’s screenwriters and members of the crew, according to Clarence House.

The royals were also scheduled to meet with Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell, who perform the movie’s theme song.

The night out was a rare joint appearance for William, Kate, Charles and Camilla. The last time the two couples attended an engagement together was February 2020, when they visited a veterans’ rehabilitation center together in Northern England.

The royals, though, are no strangers to the Bond movie franchise.

In 2015, William, president of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), and Kate were joined by William’s brother, Prince Harry, at the premiere of Craig’s penultimate Bond adventure, Spectre.

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