The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle has revealed that she is part Nigeria in the latest episode of the Archetypes podcast, which she hosts.
Markle told podcast guests, Nigerian-American comedian and writer Ziwe Fumudoh, Senegalese-American actress and comedian Issa Rae and professor Emily Bernards, that she took a genealogy test that revealed she was 43% Nigerian.
“I only did my genealogy a few years ago,” Markle told Ms. Fumudoh, who asked, “What are you?” “43% Nigerian,” she replied.
The Duchess of Sussex then said that she will start exploring her roots because “everyone I’ve told, especially Nigerian women, is like that, huh?”
The sixth episode of the Archetypes podcast, which includes her parentage reveal, was about deconstructing the labels that hold back women. In the episode, Mrs. “Angry” Markle takes on the label that is “often pinned” on black women.
She revealed that she felt “like a black woman” for the first time when she started dating Prince Harry.
Meghan and Harry have signed a deal with Spotify to host and produce podcasts in late 2020, valued at around £18m.
The Archetypes podcast was created to explore the “labels that try to retain women” through conversations between Meghan and historians, experts and women who have gone through typography.