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Meghan Markle opens up on being hit by damaging label

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The Duchess of Sussex confessed on Archetypes she has been referred to with a damaging label. Meghan began the fifth episode of her podcast series, titled The Decoding of Crazy with Deepika Padukone, Jenny Slate and Constance Wu, saying: “Raise your hand if you have ever been called crazy, or hysterical or what about nuts, insane, out of your mind, completely irrational. Okay, you get the point.”

The Duchess 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. By the way, me too.

“And it’s no wonder, when you consider just how prevalent these labels are in our culture.”

During the episode, Meghan explored with her guests how these unwanted labels have a long and damaging history and noted how hysteria has been considered a mental health issue until recently.

She also said that, calling someone crazy, “minimises” a person’s experiences and added the constant use of this label could lead people into being gaslit they are actually unwell. It could also lead to real issues being ignored.  

The Duchess said she feels “pretty strongly” about the word crazy and the way it is thrown around “so casually” despite it carrying a real stigma and having the potential of ruining lives. 

To prove her point, Meghan played several clips in which listeners can see how “crazy” can be used for comedic effect, as it happened in one episode of popular sit-com How I Met Your Mother in which the character Barney says: “If she’s this crazy, she has to be this hot.”

The word, she added, also has a “silencing effect”, which can lead women who are experiencing real mental health issues not to speak up and ask for help.  

Given Meghan and her guests dive into the topic of mental health on this podcast episode, the Duchess started it with a trigger warning. 

She told her listeners: “Hi there, before we get started, I wanted to let you know that this episode gets into some sensitive conversations. If you or someone you know is struggling or in need of assistance, we have resources in our show’s note. 

“And, by the way, if you find that this is too heavy for you to carry today, just tune out, it’s okay, I’ll still be here next week.” 

Much like Prince Harry, the Duchess of Sussex has supported various projects focused on mental health, including the launch in 2019 of 24/7 free text messaging support available in the UK for people experiencing a crisis. 

Through their non-profit organisation the Archewell Foundation, the Duke and Duchess also support British mental health charity Mind. 

Moreover, Meghan candidly spoke about her struggles with mental health during the Sussexes’ bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in early 2021, when the Duchess said she “didn’t want to be alive anymore” while pregnant with her first child Archie Harrison. 

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If you are struggling with your mental health, the Samaritans can be reached round the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need a response immediately, it’s best to call them on the phone. You can reach them by calling 116 123, by emailing [email protected] or by visiting www.samaritans.org.

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