Meghan Markle — and her “Archetype” podcast listeners — “started to sweat” after Mariah Carey accused the Duchess of Sussex of “diva moments” in Tuesday’s episode.
When Markle, 41, told her guest that she does not personally “connect to” the “diva … persona,” Carey, 53, interrupted.
“You give us diva moments sometimes, Meghan,” the singer said. “Don’t act like [you don’t].”
The “Suits” alum appeared flustered, asking, “What kind of diva moments did I give you?”
Carey then clarified that she meant Markle’s “visual[s]” and not her personality, saying she “didn’t mean” anything by the comment and was “playing” with the former actress.
Markle expressed her relief after the interview ended.
“She must have felt my nervous laughter, and … she jumped right in to make sure I was crystal clear that when she said diva she was talking about the way I dress, the posture, the clothing,” she explained.
“She meant diva as a compliment, but I heard it as a dig,” the duchess continued. “That moment, as she explained to me, she meant it as chic, as inspirational.”
Before Carey set the record straight, Markle admittedly was “squirming in [her] chair in [a] quiet revolt” against the accusation.
“[The conversation] was all going swimmingly, really well, until that moment happened,” she recalled. “It stopped me in my tracks. … My mind was just genuinely spinning on what nonsense she might have read or clicked on to make her say that.”
Markle explained, “I just kept thinking in that moment: Is my girl crush coming to a quick demise? Does she actually not see me?”
Earlier in the episode, the “Bench” author told Carey how important the Grammy winner’s career was to her while growing up biracial.
“You were so formative for me,” gushed Markle, who launched her podcast earlier this month with guest Serena Williams.
“Representation matters so much,” she added. “When you came onto the scene, [I was like], ‘Oh, my gosh, someone looks like me.’”
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