Meghan Markle reveals she was told to 'suck it in' on Deal or No Deal

Meghan Markle says she was body-shamed by a female Deal or No Deal producer who yelled at her to ‘suck it in’ before live shows in a new podcast episode with Paris Hilton

  • Duchess of Sussex, 41, appeared on 34 episodes of show from 2006 to 2007
  • Mother-of-two revealed she was given ‘spray tan voucher’ ahead of live shows 
  • Meghan claimed producer would make same comment before the show started 
  • Former Suits star quit after feeling like her role was ‘solely about beauty’

Meghan Markle has sensationally revealed she was body-shamed by a female producer who would tell her to ‘suck it in’ on the set of Deal or No Deal.

The Duchess of Sussex, 41, discussed her time as a ‘Briefcase Girl’ on the latest episode of her Spotify podcast Archetypes, which was released today.

The mother-of-two became a series regular in 2006 after graduating from Northwestern University with a joint-honours degree in theatre and international relations. 

Although Meghan insisted she was ‘grateful’ for the work while she was still trying to land acting roles, the Duchess recalled how one member of the staff would always comment on her appearance moments before the show went live.

Meghan Markle revealed she was cruelly body-shamed on the set of Deal or No Deal back in 2006. Pictured at the opening of the Invictus Games in Dusseldorf on September 6, 2022

The Duchess of Sussex (pictured on the Deal or No Deal set in 2006) appeared on 34 episodes of the show between 2006 and 2007

Meghan said she ‘will never forget’ the woman’s comments backstage on the show. The Duchess discussed her time as a ‘Briefcase Girl’ on her new podcast episode today

Explaining how her role on the show was ‘solely about beauty’, Meghan revealed how the women on the show were forced to ‘line up’ for various treatments including ‘padding in your bra’ and having fake eyelashes fitted.

She continued: ‘When I look back at that time, I will never forget this one detail.

‘Moments before we’d get on stage, there was a woman who ran the show and she would be there backstage and I can still hear her.

‘She couldn’t properly pronounce my last name at the time and I knew who she was talking to because she would go, “Mark-el! Suck it in! Mark-el! Suck it in!”‘

The Duchess said she wants her and Prince Harry’s daughter Lilibet to ‘aspire slightly higher’

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their daughter in June 2021. Lilibet pictured on her first birthday on June 7 2022

The Duchess appeared on 34 episodes of the hit show but says she ultimately quit because of importance that was placed on women’s appearances.

‘We were even given spray-tan vouchers each week because there was a very cookie cutter idea of precisely what we should look like,’ Meghan said. It was solely about our beauty’. 

Discussing her decision to walk away from the job, Meghan added: ‘I was surrounded by smart women on that stage with me, but that wasn’t the focus of why we were there and I would end up leaving with this pit in my stomach. 

‘Like I said, I was thankful for the job but not for how it made me feel which was not smart’. 

As a result, Meghan said that experience taught her that she she wants her own daughter Lilibet to be valued first for her brain – rather than her beauty or her body.

The Duchess interviewed Paris on the latest episode of her podcast. The former reality star pictured walking Versace Fashion Show during the Milan Fashion Week on September 23, 2022

Paris Hilton starred alongside Nicole Richie in The Simple Life from 2003 to 2005

She continued: ‘I want our daughter to aspire to be slightly higher. Yeah, I want my Lili to want to be educated and want to be smart and to pride herself on those things’. 

The latest episode of the Duchess of Sussex’s podcast series, entitled ‘Breaking Down The Bimbo’, saw her come face-to-face with the 41-year-old socialite as they discussed her rise to fame as a reality TV star in the 90s.

Before the interview began, Markle, also 41, told her audience that she was anxious ahead of the recording, saying: ‘I’ve been the most nervous about this one.’

She explained: ‘Because while I’m embarrassed to admit it, I had a judgment about Paris. And I don’t like having judgment, it doesn’t feel good.

‘But I had to be real about that because when I grew up, she was beautiful, rich and famous. What could possibly be wrong with her life?’

During their conversation, Paris admitted that her public image doesn’t reflect who she is as a person.

The 41-year-old said: ‘I was nervous because I’m just such a shy person and we haven’t met before so I was shy about that.

‘But then I listened to the podcast with Serena and was like, “Oh I love her, she’s such a cool girls’ girl.”

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