Meghan Markle Says She Was Treated Like A ‘Bimbo’ On Deal Or No Deal

Meghan Markle has said she was treated like a ‘bimbo’ during her 34-episode run on Deal or No Deal, in the latest Archetypes episode.
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Meghan Markle says she was treated like a ‘bimbo’ during her time on Deal or No Deal.

The Duchess of Sussex was featured on the show as a ‘briefcase girl’ in 2006 as she started out her career in showbiz.

The former Suits star discussed the experience with Paris Hilton on the latest episode of her Spotify podcast, Archetypes.

Prince Harry’s wife said that she was ‘grateful’ for the work, but didn’t enjoy how it made her feel, which was ‘not smart’.

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Discussing her one-year-old daughter Lilibet, Markle said: “I want our daughter to aspire to be slightly higher.

“Yeah, I want my Lili to want to be educated and want to be smart and to pride herself on those things.”

Markle, 41, departed NBC’s Deal or No Deal midway through the series.

The royal explained: “I ended up quitting the show. I was so much more than what was being objectified on the stage.

“I didn’t like feeling forced to be all looks and little substance.

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“And that’s how it felt for me at the time, being reduced to this specific archetype, the word bimbo.”

She went on to say that other ‘briefcase girls’ were forced to ‘line up’ for beauty treatments, which included having their bras padded and fake eyelashes put on.

Markle said: “We were even given spray-tan vouchers each week because there was a very cookie-cutter idea of precisely what we should look like.

“It was solely about our beauty.”

Meghan Markle on Deal or No Deal.
Meghan Markle says she was treated like a ‘bimbo’ during her time on Deal or No Deal. Credit: NBC Universal

She added: “I was surrounded by smart women on that stage with me, but that wasn’t the focus of why we were there and I would end up leaving with this pit in my stomach.

“Like I said, I was thankful for the job but not for how it made me feel, which was not smart.”

Markle also said that there were times when working on the game show that she would wish to be back ‘working as an intern at the US Embassy in Argentina, Buenos Aires, and being in the motorcade with the secretary of treasury at the time and being valued specifically for my brain’.

In the previous Archetypes episode, Markle said she had been ‘conditioned’ not to show emotion in public.

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She told actress Constance Wu, who had just apologised for crying: “The craziest thing in the world would be to keep all of that inside. 

“So this. You, right now, I mean. I think it’s beautiful.”

She continued: “So, even my own version of like… I would love to cry this much, but I’m conditioned to still have some – a different kind of composure.

“And now you sort of go, ohhh, just relax and let it out.

“And I see the same thing in my kids as you’re talking about in yours, and I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I want to do that’ [release emotion without fear or shame].

“I want to feel so deeply. It’s like an Adele album. Just like, so much intense emotion.”

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Written by Cal Gaunt

Cal is a former content editor at IGV who specialised in writing trending and entertainment news. He previously worked as a news reporter at the Lancashire Telegraph and earned an NCTJ in Sports Journalism.