Meghan Markle Says She Stopped Watching "Real Housewives" Because of Drama in Her Own Life

Meghan Markle was once a fan of the Real Housewives franchise but, nowadays, avoids it. In a Nov. 29 episode of her “Archetypes” podcast — which focuses on how men in the media impact the ways women are portrayed and framed — Markle spoke with Real Housewives executive producer Andy Cohen about the reality TV franchise, revealing why she no longer watches it.

“I guess the million-dollar question is, do you still watch ‘The Housewives?’ This is what we’ve been dying to know,” Cohen asked Markle. “Well, I will tell you the truth. I stopped watching ‘The Housewives’ when my life had its own level of drama that I stopped craving . . . ” she replied, with Cohen finishing her sentence with “other people’s.” “But, I mean, I would say almost every one of my friends still watches it, and I go, ‘Why are you watching that? There’s so much drama!'” Markle added. “And it’s because it’s entertainment. It’s entertaining to them.”

Markle went on to question whether the franchise is helping or hurting women as a whole. “Because as we grapple this season with what archetypes are and how limiting they are, on the flip side of that, are we exploring giving women the space and allowance to be exactly who they are? As complicated, layered, challenging, funny, silly, etc.?” she said. “Or, in a franchise like Housewives, are we fueling the fire of archetypes by creating caricatures of women?”

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