Meghan Markle spoke about how insults to mental health are used to undermine the emotional experience on the same day Prince William made a veiled reference to the impact of Princess Diana’s death.
The latest episode of Meghan’s Spotify podcast, archetypes, is titled “The Decoding of Crazy” and deals with some of the toughest subject matter the series has ever encountered. On Monday, Meghan spoke about how words like hysterical other mad can be used to undermine women’s experience, while one of his guests, boobies rich asian actress Constance Wu, spoke of a suicide attempt.
On the same day, Prince William took to the airwaves as part of World Mental Health Day activities in the UK and made what was seen in the media as a subtle reference to his mother’s death in 1997 in a car accident in Paris, when he was 15 years old.
William and his wife, Kate Middleton, visited BBC Radio One and spoke to youth mental health experts for a special episode of Newsaired the next day.
The Prince of Wales appeared to reference Princess Diana’s death when he said: ‘A lot of the work we’ve done on mental health and listening to a lot of people talk about it, everyone likes a box to tools, especially men A toolbox is a pretty useful analogy to the type of use.
“A lot of people don’t realize what they need until it happens. You can live a life in a minute and something massively changes and you realize you don’t necessarily have the tools or the experience. to be able to deal with that,” he said.
The Duchess’ podcast went on hiatus for several weeks following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8, but following that hiatus, her “Decoding Crazy” episode landed this week.
Meghan told listeners: “I feel that word, that label, quite strongly, mad. The way it is so casually thrown away and the damage it does to society and to women, frankly everywhere. Broken family relationships, destroyed reputations and ruined careers.
She continued, “The stigma around the word, it also has this effect of silence. This effect where women who are going through real mental health issues, they’re scared. They’re shutting up, they’re internalizing, and they’ve been repressing for way too long. .”
Meghan took the time to discuss the word hysteria in particular, including its etymological route into the ancient Greek word for womb.
Meghan said: “And I just found out when we were doing this episode. The word hystericalit comes from hysteriawhich is—wait for it—the Greek word for womb.
“Plato himself was actually among the Greek philosophers who believed that the uterus would move around the body adding pressure on other organs which would then lead to erratic and unreliable behavior.
“By the way, in the DSM – the book used to diagnose mental health disorders – hysteria was a real medical diagnosis until 1980,” she said, referring to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. .
The connection between William’s comments and his experience after his mother’s death is quite simple. But Diana’s life was also the backdrop for Meghan’s discussion.
William’s description of how a person can be thrown off balance because ‘something is changing massively’ relates to when he was on what for the royals was an ordinary summer holiday at Balmoral Castle in Scotland as a teenager.
While there, the prince and his brother, Harry, spoke to Diana on the phone, unaware that it would be their last call with their mother.
In 2017, William told the ITV documentary Diana, our mother: her life and her legacy“It’s like an earthquake is going through the house, going through your life and everything. Your mind is completely split. And it took me a while for it to settle.”
Referring to the phone call, he said: “If I had known now, obviously, what was going to happen, I wouldn’t have been so jaded about it and all. But that phone call is still pretty deep in my mind.”
Diana’s relevance to Meghan’s comments about hysteria may seem less obvious, but the princess was described by some as “hysterical” during her lifetime.
During a 1995 interview with the BBC, she said her depression was also used as a label. “Well, maybe I was the first person in this family to have a breakdown or openly cry. And obviously that was intimidating, because if you’ve never seen it before, how can the do you support?” she says.