Meghan Markle opens up about the impact of being labelled a "b*tch"

Whether it's been in an argument with an ex, or a playful chat with your gal pals, many women will have experienced being called a "b*tch" in their lifetime. And the same goes for Meghan Markle who this week opened up about just that on her podcast, Archetypes.

Speaking with her special guests – Mellody Hobson and Victoria Jackson – Meghan took a deeper look at the meaning of the word and, more importantly, the impact of being labelled a "b*tch".

"What these people are implying when they use that very charged word, is that this woman [is] difficult," Meghan said of what she calls "the b-word" – a word she says she "hates" so much that she comes out in "hives" just talking about it.

"Calling someone the b-word, labelling them as 'difficult' – it’s often a way to insult and dismiss someone," the Duchess of Sussex went on. "An assertive woman, in a position of power, being called the b-word? How very convenient," she added, pointing out that using this word has become a way to take the "power away" from women and "keep them in their place."

"I remember when I was a kid and people would say 'sticks and stones may break your bones, but names will never hurt you'," Meghan said. "Well, that was just a flat out lie. Of course, names hurt."

But, the royal continued, many women are now reclaiming the word, and although it's not something she is keen to do herself, whenever the word is flung her way she focusses on using "that pain to fuel purpose".

"Remind yourself of all the other words with a 'B' that better describe you," the Duchess advised. "Beautiful. Blessed. Brilliant. Beguiling. Blissful. Bedazzling. Take your pick. Be that person."

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