Meghan says she didn’t realize ambition was considered bad until she started dating Harry

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Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has said she didn’t realize ambition could be considered a “terrible” trait in a woman until she started dating her future husband, Prince Harry.

Meghan kicked off her new podcast, “Archetypes,” which “delves into the labels trying to stop women,” with an episode on “The Misconceptions of Ambition with Serena Williams.”

After recalling her experience successfully lobbying Procter & Gamble to turn a sexist ad for dish soap at age 11, she spoke to Williams about “that dirty, dirty word when it comes to women — ambition.” .

“I can’t remember ever personally feeling the negative connotation behind the word ‘ambitious’ until I started dating my current husband. And, uh, apparently ambition is something terrible, terrible – for a woman – according to some,” said the Duchess, who is executive producer of the podcast, a co-production between Sussex’ Archewell Audio, Gimlet and Spotify.

“So, since I’ve felt the negativity behind it, it’s really hard to un-feel it. Nor can I ignore it in the millions of girls and women who regularly make themselves smaller – so much smaller -,” she added.

Meghan started dating Prince Harry in 2016. They met on a blind date arranged by a mutual friend in July of that year, and in November Harry had released a statement asking for an end to abuse and harassment, which was often sexist and racist, from his girlfriend.

In her podcast, Meghan spoke of the “pain” of being mischaracterized, adding that if a man is ambitious, it is “so celebrated”, but, in a school class, “if a little girl is ambitious or raises her hand more, what’s her name? Bossy.”

Williams, whom Meghan said “embodies the spirit of ambition,” agreed, saying that “hopefully we can teach our girls to raise their hands and be fearless.”

Earlier this month, the tennis star announced that after this year’s US Open she would “evolve away from tennis” to focus on “other things that are important to me”.

The 23-time grand slam champion said in the podcast, “My whole life has been one thing and so I can now focus on Serena Ventures, which I’m excited about.”

She also said she wants to “expand” her family: “I’ve been lucky enough to play tennis very well, but I think it’s my best to be a mother. I think I can be very good at that.”

The tennis legend went on to talk about how “difficult” it was to make the decision and the announcement, revealing: “I was in Switzerland and I was just sitting in the hotel at the desk, just typing and deleting and typing and thinking and then crying and sitting at my computer tears streamed down my cheeks as I write these words and go back to these memories.”

“Sometimes ambition in women also seems to suggest that you are not afraid of anything,” Meghan said. “But of course, as you’ve heard Serena say, fears still exist. I’ve been through them with her. The fear of making this recent decision.”

“So, while Serena will soon be closing her chapter of playing professional tennis, she’s not closing the door on her ambition. She will continue to do great things. To be the best of all time off the field. Being ambitious, and I like that,” the Duchess added.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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