Meghan Markle Gushes Over Idol Mariah Carey in New Podcast Episode

Meghan Markle is sharing rare details about how being mixed race affected her upbringing.

Today, the Duchess of Sussex released a brand-new episode of the Archetypes podcast, and it featured a special guest: Mariah Carey. In the installment (listen below), Markle revealed that she’s always looked up to the singer because they’re both biracial.

The conversation began when Carey explained that she “didn’t fit” in with the other kids due to her mixed heritage. This prompted Markle to reveal that Carey was a huge role model during her childhood.

“You were so formative for me,” Markle said. “Representation matters so much.”

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The royal continued, “But when you are a woman, and you don’t see a woman who looks like you somewhere in a position of power or influence, or even just on the screen—because we know how influential media is—you came onto the scene, I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh. Someone kind of looks like me.’”

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Markle went on to say that her mixed race was never a talking point…until she started dating Prince Harry. “I mean, if there’s any time in my life that it’s been more focused on my race, it’s only once I started dating my husband. Then I started to understand what it was like to be treated like a Black woman,” she said. “Because up until then, I had been treated like a mixed woman. And things really shifted.”

This episode is definitely worth the listen.

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