Meghan Markle says she quit TV show after being objectified and ‘told to suck it in’

Meghan Markle has revealed she quit Deal or No Deal after being "objectified" on stage in the latest episode of her Spotify podcast, Archetypes.

In her latest Spotify episode – titled Breaking Down 'The Bimbo' with Paris Hilton' – The Duchess of Sussex said she was told to "suck it in" by a woman who helped run the US version of the hit game show back in 2006.

Meghan held briefcase number 24 during her time on the US version of Deal or No Deal, years before she met Prince Harry or appeared on the popular TV show Suits.

Discussing the show with Paris Hilton, the former actress said: "The other night I was flipping through the channels on TV. This, by the way, is a rarity when you have two children under the age of four – but I saw an episode of a game show called Deal or No Deal.

She then revealed that this had brought back a lot of memories, as she had spent a short time on the show in 2006, as a briefcase girl.

She says there was a “very cookie cutter idea” of what the briefcase girls should look like and that it was “solely about beauty and not necessarily about brains”.

Meghan said she shared the stage with 25 other women and they were given spray tan vouchers each week.

She shares that while the job did have some benefits, she was able to pay her bills and had health insurance, it wasn't quite what she wanted from her life.

Revealing that she had studied international relations in college, Meghan added: "There were times when I was on set thinking back to my time working as an intern at the US Embassy in Argentina and being in the motorcade with the Secretary of Treasury and being valued specifically for my brain.

"Here I was being valued for something quite the opposite."
Continuing to discuss her experience on the game show, Meghan says: "When I look back at that time I will never never forget this one detail because moments before we'd get on stage, there was a woman who ran the show and she would be there backstage and I can still hear her.

"She couldn't properly pronounce my last name at the time – and I knew who she was talking to because she would go 'Markel suck'. 'Markell suck it in.' I ended up quitting the show."

Meghan added that while she, and the other 'briefcase girls' were all smart, the atmosphere of the show made her them feel not smart.

In previous episodes of her podcast, the Duchess of Sussex discussed her mental health struggles as a working royal and how women can be called 'crazy' to diminish their credibility.

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