Meghan Markle Addresses TV Show Rumor: ‘There Will Be No Reality Show’

Meghan Markle has addressed persistent rumors that began at the time of her relocation to the United States in 2020 that she could star in a Hollywood reality show, akin to the Real Housewives franchise.

The rumors were raised by former Bravo executive and current executive producer of the franchise, Andy Cohen, during an interview for the duchess’ Archetypes podcast released on Tuesday.

After discussing the pairs’ past interactions while Meghan was still an up-and-coming actress, she moved the focus onto the Real Housewives franchise, something that Cohen has identified as “feminist.”

“When you talk about representation it is no small number of women on this show,” Meghan told listeners hinting at the speculation that she might become one of them.

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Main image, Meghan Markle is photographed in New Zealand on October 28, 2018. Inset, Andy Cohen is pictured in Los Angeles on February 2, 2022. Meghan quashed rumors she would join the “Real Housewives” franchise in the latest episode of her “Archetypes” podcast.
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“We are talking hundreds, literally over 200 women around the world as part of this franchise. And apparently at some point, people thought Andy should maybe add one more to the mix…”

“What did you think?” Cohen asked.

“Because it had to have bubbled up to you somewhere that you moved to the States and everyone is like, ‘Oh, she should join the Beverly Hills housewives?’

“I’m like, she ain’t joining the Beverly Hills housewives, everybody. She’s Meghan Markle!”

To this Meghan replied that she was unaware of the rumor.

“I never heard that,” she laughed.

“You mean really that this is my audition for the Real Housewives in Montecito?” she joked, referring to the California area in which she now lives with Harry and their young family.

When told she wouldn’t even have to audition and that Cohen would build a show around her, Meghan appears to quash any speculation that she would one day become a reality star by saying matter-of-factly: “There will be no reality show!”

Speculation had increased when it was revealed she would be filming a docuseries about her relationship with Harry as part of a multi-million-dollar contract signed with streaming giant Netflix.

Meghan confirmed the project in an August interview with The Cut in which she told journalist Allison P. Davis that there was a distinct difference “between a historical documentary and a reality docuseries.”

Through her conversation with Cohen it appears that the duchess also holds a distinction between a “reality docuseries” and a “reality show.”

“The piece of my life I haven’t been able to share, that people haven’t been able to see, is our love story,” Meghan told Davis.

In October the royal gave some more insight into the project in an interview with Variety.

When asked about the series which is being directed by Liz Garbus, Meghan said: “It’s nice to be able to trust someone with our story—a seasoned director whose work I’ve long admired—even if it means it may not be the way we would have told it.

“But that’s not why we’re telling it. We’re trusting our story to someone else, and that means it will go through their lens.”

A release date for the project has not yet been announced.

This is a developing story and will be updated with additional information.

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