Megan Markle has looked back at the “worst point” of her mental health struggles, sharing that Prince Harry referred her to a doctor when she was in a “grieving state”.
The intimate glimpse came as the Duchess of Sussex was criticized for picking out old episodes of How I Met Your Mother and Scrubs for the way they portrayed mental health.
WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE: Meghan Markle calls cultural reference to women ‘crazy’.
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In the latest episode of Meghan’s Archetypes podcast, the Duchess shared with Bollywood star Deepika Padukone the “gloomy state” she had previously found herself in.
The podcast began with a trigger warning asking listeners to “turn off” if necessary because of “sensitive content.”
“My husband had found a recommendation for me to call,” Meghan began.
“And I called this woman, and she didn’t even know I called her … and she checked out at the grocery store.
“I could hear the little beep, beep… She could hear the bad state I was in.
“But I think it’s up to all of us to be really honest about what you need and not be afraid and make peace with asking for it.”
The Duchess then called out the stereotype of women being labeled “crazy,” citing “common” examples in popular culture.
“Raise your hand if you’ve ever been called crazy or hysterical – or what about nuts? Insane, totally irrational, okay? They understand what is important,” said the mother of two.
“Well, if we were all in the same room and could see each other, I think it would be pretty easy to see.
“How many of us have our hands up? Me too, by the way.
“It’s no wonder given how pervasive these terms are in our culture.”
Several audio clips from various sitcoms and cultural moments were played, the most notable being from an episode of How I Met Your Mother.
The Barney Stinson character was heard saying, “If she’s that crazy, she must be that hot,” referring to a “crazy/hot scale” he invented on the show.
Another reference was an episode of Scrubs where the character Elliot Reid says, “I can’t take it, Carla! I can’t hide the crazy thing a minute longer! I’m just this big Kookoo mountain that’s about to erupt and splatter molten madness all over him, and he’s gonna die like that.”
The Duchess continues to call out the word ‘hysterical’, which she learned comes from the ‘Greek word for womb’.
“Plato himself was actually among those Greek philosophers who believed that the uterus would travel throughout the body and put pressure on other organs, which would then lead to erratic and unreliable behavior,” she said.
“To call someone crazy or hysterical completely dismisses their experience and minimizes what they are feeling.”
Some listeners took offense at Meghan’s pop culture punch, with one calling her “overwhelmed”.
“Basically, Meghan is offended by comedy. Austin Powers, How I Met Your Mother and Scrubs. Let’s just cancel the ’90s and early 2000s,” one comment read.
Another said: “Meghan is targeting a skit on a 2007 episode of How I Met Your Mother in her latest podcast. Millions were spent on Archetypes to have Meghan deliver a smug comment about a 15 YEAR OLD scene from a sitcom.”
However, others seemed to be enjoying the new episode, with one tweeting: “Another female empowering conversation and well worth listening to.”
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