Meghan Markle sat down with Paris Hilton this week for an episode of her podcast, and they talked about the archetype of a “bimbo.”
Markle confessed later to Variety that she went into the discussion with negative opinions of the heiress.
Markle explained, “I was embarrassed to admit it, but I’ve had a judgment about her that’s based on everything I’ve seen, and I don’t like to come from a place of judgment.” She added, “But I also didn’t grow up pretty.”
Hilton’s appearance on “Archetypes” was meant to be a “humanization of her” and not a “defense” of her.
Markle explained, “I grew up as the smart one. So much of what I ended up thinking about when I thought about Paris was envy and judgment – two of the most dangerous things. But then you hear about her trauma and her life and her buying into this persona.”
“I don’t care what situation you’re in – if a 16-year-old boy or girl, or a woman in the workplace, feels objectified or dehumanized because their character is misrepresented, I hope everyone listening with an open mind could come away thinking, ‘Could I just actually consider for a second that there’s a person there?'”
Hilton, pictured in Mumbai after she landed for the premiere of her new fragrance, Ruby Rush, was sent to a residential school as a teenager.
There, she was subjected to neglect and abuse, which she has opened up about over the past two years.