Meghan Markle and Constance Wu’s mental health revelations: in the latest episode of the duchess’ Archetypes podcast on Spotify, she spoke about how Prince Harry found her help at her ‘worst point’

Constance Wu and Meghan Markle recently spoke about mental health issues on Markle’s Archetypes podcast. Photos: Getty Images
Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, has opened up about her experience finding a mental health specialist in the latest episode of her Archetypes podcast on Spotify.
Meghan Markle hosts the podcast Archetypes, where she discusses women’s issues with guests – sometimes famous friends. Photo: Archetypes

The episode, titled, “The Decoding of Crazy with Deepika Padukone, Jenny Slate and Constance Wu,” aired on Tuesday, October 11, and is the “heaviest and most hopeful episode” of the series to date, according to a Spotify press release.

The episode contains a trigger warning, as Markle and her guests speak about mental health and how sharing their experiences publicly may help others with similar struggles.

So what exactly was discussed in the episode?

Constance Wu spoke about her suicide attempt

Constance Wu attends the premiere of The Terminal List at the DGA in Los Angeles, California, US, on June 22. Photo: EPA-EFE

Constance Wu, an actress and author who most may recognise from Crazy Rich Asians, spoke with Markle about her personal experiences with mental health, including her suicide attempt three years ago after receiving backlash for since-deleted tweets where she expressed frustration about her Fresh Off the Boat TV series being renewed.

Randall Park, left, and Constance Wu appear in a scene from Fresh Off the Boat. Photo: ABC via AP

She previously opened up about the backlash in a statement shared on Twitter in July, where she wrote that the “scary moment” made her reassess a lot in her life, and put her career aside for the last three years to focus on her mental health.

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Wu said on the podcast that she received a Twitter DM from another actress who “shamed” her, even though she didn’t know the circumstances behind Wu’s decision to write the tweet.

Constance Wu recently opened up to Meghan Markle about her mental health. Photo: ABC

“I don’t think she’s a horrible person. I think the internet does that to you, because you can’t see the person going through something,” Wu said. She added that while she hasn’t reconnected with the unnamed actress, she has forgiven her.

Constance Wu arrives at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 11th Annual Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center, in October 2019 in Hollywood, California. Photo: WireImage

“I’d probably get emotional if I saw her, but I think I’d really be able to stand well on my own two feet,” Wu said.

Wu shares further details on these topics in her memoir, Making a Scene, which was released on October 3.

Meghan Markle opened up about seeking professional help

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex leaves after a service of thanksgiving for the reign of Queen Elizabeth at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, on June 3, during the Platinum Jubilee. Photo: WPA Pool/Getty Images
Later in the episode, Markle opened up about her experiences and spoke to Deepika Padukone about what it was like to receive help from a mental health professional.
Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle speak during the 2021 Global Citizen Live festival at the Great Lawn, Central Park in New York City, in September 2021. Photo: AFP

“At my worst point, being finally connected to someone, my husband had found a referral for me to call, and I called this woman, she didn’t even know I was calling her,” Markle said.

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Meghan Markle recently spoke out about seeking help from a mental health professional. Photo: @teamsussex_/Instagram

“She was checking out at the grocery store, I could hear the little ‘beep beep’,” she said. “I was like, ‘Hi,’ and, introducing myself, and I could literally hear her say, ‘Wait, sorry. Who is this?’

“She could hear the dire state that I was in,” Meghan said of the experience. “I think it’s for all of us to be really honest about what it is that you need, and to not be afraid to make peace with that, to ask for it.”

Meghan Markle speaks in her interview with Oprah Winfrey. Photo: @oprahdaily/Instagram
It’s not the first time Markle has opened up about her struggles with mental health. In her interview with Oprah Winfrey in March last year, the duchess said she had suicidal thoughts due to the damaging coverage she received from the British tabloids during her time as a working royal.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, looks at Britain’s Prince Harry during the WellChild Awards pre-Ceremony reception in London, Britain, in October 2019. Photo: Reuters

“I was ashamed to say it at the time and ashamed to have to admit it to Harry. But I knew that if I didn’t say it – then I would do it,” Markle told Winfrey at the time.

“I just didn’t want to be alive any more,” she added.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, attend the 2020 UN Nelson Mandela Prize award ceremony at the United Nations in New York, in July 2022. Photo: AFP

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The podcast episode’s show notes have a link to Project Healthy Minds, the website for a non-profit organisation that has partnered with Harry and Meghan’s Archewell charity to promote various mental health resources for those in need.

Representatives for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Constance Wu did not immediately respond to request for comment.

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If you are having suicidal thoughts, or you know someone who is, help is available. For Hong Kong, dial +852 2896 0000 for The Samaritans or +852 2382 0000 for Suicide Prevention Services. In the US, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on +1 988. For a list of other nations’ helplines, see this page.
  • The Duchess of Sussex just spoke to Crazy Rich Asians star Constance Wu and Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone in her podcast’s ‘heaviest and most hopeful episode’
  • Markle confessed she had suicidal thoughts during her 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey, but Wu had similar struggles due to backlash after she vented about Fresh of the Boat on Twitter …