Meghan Markle says women are labelled ‘crazy’ and ‘hysterical’ to ‘minimise’ their feelings in a recent Archetypes episode.
The Duchess of Sussex, 41, made the comment when chatting to actresses Constance Wu, Jenny Slate and Deepika Padukone on her podcast’s fifth instalment, titled ‘The Decoding of Crazy’.
Markle asked her guests: “Raise your hand if you’ve ever been called ‘crazy’ or ‘hysterical’.
“Or what about ‘nuts’, ‘insane’, ‘out of your mind’, ‘completely irrational’? OK, you get the point.”
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Markle continued. “Now, if we were all in the same room and could see each other, I think it would be pretty easy to see just how many of us have our hands up?”
She added: “By the way, me too.”
Prince Harry’s wife went on to explain how the word ‘crazy’ is ‘thrown around so casually’ and spoke of the ‘damage it’s wrought on society and women, frankly everywhere’.
She then slammed representations of supposedly ‘crazy’ women in sitcoms, such as How I Met Your Mother and Scrubs.
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Markle explained: “The use of these labels has been drilled into us from movies and TV, from friends and family, and even from random strangers.
“The fact is, no one wants this label.”
Markle observed how in an episode of How I Met Your Mother, the character Barney says: “If she’s this crazy, she has to be this hot.”
While in Scrubs she brought up how Elliot – who is a female doctor – in one episode says: “I can’t take it, Carla. I cannot hide the crazy a minute longer.
“I’m just this big mountain of coocoo is about to erupt and spew molten crazy, all over him and he’s gonna die like this.”
Elsewhere in the episode, the mother-of-two spoke about her lowest mental health moment while being a working royal, and how her husband Prince Harry, 38, found her a therapist and supported her through it.
When discussing the solution to her issues, Markle revealed to Padukone that her husband had found her someone to call in order to get help.
She recalled: “I think at my worst point, being finally connected to someone that, you know, my husband had found a referral for me to call.
“And I called this woman. She didn’t know I was even calling her… and she was checking out at the grocery store.
“I could hear the little beep, beep… she could hear the dire state that I was in.”
Talking to Wu, Markle added: “[You have to] be really honest about what it is that you need and to not be afraid to make peace with that to ask for it.”
The Duchess noted that there is a ‘stigma surrounding the word’ crazy and that it has a ‘silencing effect’ that damages women with ‘real mental health issues’.
“They get scared,” she explained. “They stay quiet, they internalise and they repress for far too long.
“Calling someone ‘crazy’ or ‘hysterical’ completely dismisses their experience and minimises what they’re feeling.
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“It keeps going to the point where anyone who’s been labelled it enough times can be gaslit into thinking that they’re actually unwell or sometimes worse, to the point where real issues of all kinds get ignored.
“Well, that’s not happening today.”
In March 2021, Markle and Prince Harry had a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.
During the chat, the 41-year-old claimed the British press had pushed her to ‘breaking point’ during her pregnancy with her eldest child, Archie, now aged three.
Markle said at the time: “Look, I was really ashamed to say it at the time and ashamed to have to admit it, to Harry especially, because I know how much loss he’s suffered.
“But, I knew that if I didn’t say it that I would do it — and I just didn’t want to be alive anymore.
“And that was a very clear and real and frightening constant thought.”
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