Meghan Markle pushed by close friends to tackle head-on issue plaguing Duchess for years


Meghan Markle confessed part of the last podcast episode was inspired by her close friends who encouraged her to tackle the use of the term “difficult” to dismiss ambitious women.

“I mean, I was just chatting with my girlfriends recently and I was asking them for the show, what sort of archetypes you think we should discuss.

“And almost immediately unequivocally, they all jumped too difficult: ‘That’s the word’, ‘You have to talk about difficult’.

“They said it gets thrown around so casually now.

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Meghan Markle confessed the discussion around the term ‘difficult’ was inspired by her close friends (Image: GETTY)

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Meghan Markle tackle the b-word and the term difficult in her latest podcast episode (Image: GETTY)

“And as a woman, my friend said to me, there’s a certain point when you come to terms with the fact that not everyone is going to like you.

“The goal can’t be for everyone to like you, but the goal can be for them to respect you.”

In the episode, Meghan Markle took aim at people who have called her difficult. While Meghan and Harry were still serving as working royals in the Royal Family, reports circulated that suggested the mother-of-two was given the label “Duchess Difficult” among royal staffers.

Royal commentators claimed the former actress would fire off email in the early hours of the morning and ask her staff “huge demands”.

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Meghan Markle said ‘the goal is to have people respect you (Image: GETTY)

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Meghan Markle was herself victim of the term ‘difficult’ when she was a working royal (Image: GETTY)

The Duchess also explored the term ‘b****’, which she referred to as ‘the B-word’ before suggesting that “difficult” was “really a codeword for the b-word”.

Meghan chose to avoid talking about her own personal experiences directly but said: “So, perhaps the truth is that labelling a woman as the ‘B-word’ or as ‘difficult’ is often a deflection.

“A way to hide some of her really awesome qualities, her persistence or strength or perseverance, her strong opinion, maybe even her resilience, and those are the very qualities we’re going to be uncovering today.”

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Meghan Markle said the term difficult is designed to ‘hide some of women’s qualities’ (Image: GETTY)

But Meghan kept her original stance, saying the B-word is being used to “insult and dismiss” women. Though one of her close friends associated “assertive woman” with the term, she did not change her mind about the significance of the slur.

Meghan continued: “When I saw her, she said something I had never heard before, ‘Well, isn’t that a convenient villain’, an assertive woman in a position of power, being called the B-word? How very convenient.

“But that’s what happens when we label someone, a woman especially, one of these words. It becomes a way to take their power away.”


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