Meghan Markle has hit back at her nickname, which she says is “really a codeword for the B-word”.

In her latest podcast episode To ‘B’ or not to ‘B’?, the Duchess of Sussex said her nickname “Duchess Difficult” is a way of gaslighting women.

“What these people are implying when they use that very charged word, is that this woman: ‘Oh, she’s difficult’,” she said in the episode on Archetypes.

“Which is really just a euphemism or is probably not even a euphemism. It’s really a codeword for the B-word.”

Meghan was given the nickname back in 2018 when she was accused of displaying “dictator” style behaviour towards her staff members – which led to one of them quitting.

“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,” Meghan continued.

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

Meghan has also been called the “Princess of Montecito” because of her bizarre requests when it comes to booking restaurants.

“If she’s going into Beverly Hills or West Hollywood for lunch or dinner, she’ll generally call ahead and request a table that is completely secluded,” a source told the UK’s Closer magazine.

The source alleges that Meghan’s favourite restaurants aren’t well known but when she goes to high-end places, she ensures the place is perfect for her arrival.

“But, generally speaking, these days she likes higher-end hangouts like Cecconi’s, Sunset Tower, Sugarfish or Lucky’s steakhouse in Montecito, which was recommended by Oprah,” the magazine reported.

“It’s become their favourite, and they’re waited on hand and foot.”

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