Meghan Markle has filed an application to trademark an English word originating from over five centuries ago for her next project, an exclusive Spotify podcast.
The podcast from Archwell Audio filed to trademark the podcast’s title “Archetypes” for exclusive use. The ex-Suits actress and husband Prince Harry signed a deal speculated to be worth AUD $31 million with Spotify.
The attempt to protect the word triggered concerns that if the trademark is approved Markle will likely face legal ramifications from Spotify and other companies already using the word.
The move was met with immediate criticism.
“Oh for pity’s sake. 500 y/o. Wouldn’t that be public domain?,” one woman wrote on Facebook.
“It is already trademarked! I sure hope they aren’t going to take it away from the other company,” wrote another.
A trailer for the feminist podcast has been released and includes audio of women being called derogatory names and being negatively spoken about.
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Markle provides a voice-over saying: “This is how we talk about women, the words that raise our girls and how the media reflects women back to us.”
“But where do these stereotypes come from? And how do they keep showing up and defining our lives?” she said.
“I’ll have conversations with women who know all too well how these typecasts shape our narratives.
“And I’ll talk to historians to understand how we even got here in the first place.”
Markle and her husband are no strangers to public disapproval and were recently called out for not attending the Prince’s grandfather’s memorial on March, 29.