Meghan Markle reflects on being a ‘briefcase girl’ on Deal or No Deal


Meghan Markle says she was ‘treated like a bimbo’ but wants Lilibet to ‘aspire higher’: Duchess says she quit job as ‘briefcase girl’ on Deal or No Deal because she was valued for ‘beauty not brains’ in latest Archetypes podcast with Paris Hilton

  • Meghan appeared on Season two of NBC’s Deal or No Deal 16 years ago but quit after just a few episodes
  • The Duchess of Sussex said she was grateful for the work ‘to pay the bills’ – ‘but not how it made me feel’
  • Royal said she and other women on show were there for looks and had to pad their bras and have spray tans
  • She said: ‘I ended up quitting the show. I was so much more than what was being objectified on the stage’

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Meghan Markle has opened up on being a Deal or No Deal briefcase girl and revealed she quit because she felt ‘objectified’, only appreciated for ‘beauty not brains’ and treated like a ‘bimbo’ – the word at the heart of her latest Spotify podcast released today featuring Paris Hilton.

The Duchess of Sussex said she was grateful for the work as she tried to break through as an actress and ‘pay the bills’ – ‘but not how it made me feel, which was not smart’.

Speaking on her new Archetypes podcast with Paris Hilton, called ‘Breaking Down the Bimbo’. Meghan said that she wants her own daughter Lilibet to be valued first for her brain rather than her beauty or her body, like she felt she was on Deal or No Deal, where she appeared in 34 episodes.

The Duchess said: ‘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’.

Meghan appeared on Season two of NBC’s Deal or No Deal 16 years ago. She first stood beside briefcase number 11 for two episodes, then moved to number 24. She left the show midway through the season in 2006.

She said: ‘I ended up quitting the show. I was so much more than what was being objectified on the stage.

‘I didn’t like feeling forced to be all looks. And little substance. And that’s how it felt for me at the time being reduced to this specific archetype the word bimbo’.

The California-based royal revealed that she and the other women on the show were forced to ‘line up’ for various beauty treatments including ‘padding in your bra’ and fake eyelashes. She said: ‘We were even given spray-tan vouchers each week because there was a very cookie cutter idea, of precisely what we should look like. It was solely about our beauty’.

Meghan Markle today opened up on being a Deal or No Deal briefcase girl and revealed she quit claiming she felt ‘objectified’ and like a ‘bimbo’

Meghan appeared on Season two of NBC's Deal or No Deal 16 years ago. She first stood beside briefcase number 11 for two episodes, then moved to number 24. The royal claimed that the briefcase girls had to go to beauty stations, including one for padding her bra and there were spray tan vouchers

Meghan said that she wants her own daughter Lilibet to be valued first for her brain rather than her beauty or her body.

Meghan appeared on Season two of NBC’s Deal or No Deal 16 years ago. She first stood beside briefcase number 11 for two episodes, then moved to number 24. The royal claimed that the briefcase girls had to go to beauty stations, including one for padding her bra and there were spray tan vouchers. Meghan said that she wants her own daughter Lilibet to be valued first for her brain rather than her beauty or her body.

The Duchess of Sussex was speaking on her new Archetypes podcast with Paris Hilton, called 'Breaking Down the Bimbo'

The Duchess of Sussex was speaking on her new Archetypes podcast with Paris Hilton, called ‘Breaking Down the Bimbo’

Meghan appeared on the show before he breakthrough on the hit show Suits, before she met Prince Harry. 

She said: ‘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’.

The Duchess of Sussex appeared in 34 episodes of Deal or No Deal between 2006 and 2007. She said at the start of her podcast: ‘I was really grateful as an auditioning actress to have a job. That could pay my bills. I had income, I was part of the Union, I had health insurance, it was great’.

But she said that she would daydream about not being appreciated for her brain or education.

She said: ‘There were times when I was on set at Deal or No Deal and thinking back to my time working as an intern at the U.S. Embassy in Argentina, Buenos Aires, and being in the motorcade with the secretary of treasury at the time and being valued specifically for my brain.

‘Here, I was being valued for something quite the opposite. I mean, you have to imagine just to paint the picture for you that before the tapings of the show, all the girls, we would line up.

‘And there were different stations for having your lashes, put on, or your extensions, put in, or the padding in your bra.

‘We were even given spray-tan vouchers each week because there was a very cookie-cutter idea, of precisely what we should look like. It was solely about beauty and not necessarily about brains.’

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