The Duchess of Sussex received the award for her Spotify podcast, Archetypes

Why Meghan Markle didn’t attend the Gracie awards in Beverly Hills

At the Gracie Awards on Tuesday night, the Duchess of Sussex was among the honorees.

The 41-year-old Meghan was not present at the party at the Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles, but she did receive the award for her Archetypes podcast, which debuted last year.

We comprehend that due to a personal commitment, the Duchess never intended to physically attend the event.


Meghan at the Women of Vision Awards in New York
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The Alliance of Women in Media Foundation gives out the Gracie Awards to recognize programming made by women for women. The Duchess won the award for Best Podcast Host for her 12-episode series that aimed to “dissect, explore, and subvert the labels that try to hold women back.”

The purpose of Archetypes is to examine “labels that try to hold women back” through conversations between Meghan and historians, specialists, and women who have been typecast.

The podcast’s guests have included Mindy Kaling, Paris Hilton, Serena Williams, and Mariah Carey.

In late 2020, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex inked an advantageous agreement with Spotify to host and create podcasts. The deal is thought to be worth about 25 million US dollars (£18 million).


Harry and Doria joined Meghan at the awards in New York
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After learning that she had won the Gracie Award in March, Meghan expressed her gratitude to the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation for the honor. This is a joint achievement for the inspiring guests who joined me each week, the majority of whom are women, and the team behind Archetypes.

Meghan was recognized for her “global advocacy to empower and advocate on behalf of women and girls” at the Ms Foundation’s Women of Vision Award last week.

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The Duchess, Prince Harry, and her mother Doria Ragland attended the opulent party in New York.

It’s never too late to start, Meghan proclaimed in an emotional acceptance speech. You have the power to create the life you want. So much work still needs to be done. This organization continues to inspire and motivate me as a woman.


Meghan pictured during her acceptance speech
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“It allowed me to recognize that speaking up for those who felt ignored, standing up to injustice, and not being afraid to say what is true, what is just, and what is right was part of my greater value and purpose in life.”

A “near catastrophic car chase” involving Meghan, Harry, and Doria was, however, disclosed the day after the awards.

“Last night, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Ms. Ragland were involved in a nearly fatal car chase at the hands of a ring of highly aggressive paparazzi,” the couple’s spokesperson said.

“During the course of this relentless pursuit, which lasted more than two hours, there were numerous close calls involving other motorists, pedestrians, and two NYPD officers.

“While having a certain level of public interest comes with being a public figure, it should never come at the expense of anyone’s safety.


Meghan onstage with Gloria Steinem and Teresa Younger during the Ms. Foundation Women of Vision Awards
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Given the methods used to obtain them, “dissemination of these images encourages a highly intrusive practice that is dangerous to all involved.”

The NYPD said “numerous photographers” made the couple’s journey “challenging,” but there were “no reported collisions, summonses, injuries, or arrests,” while paparazzi deny any close calls.

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