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’
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, 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.
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.
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.
“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.
“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
“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.
“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.”
“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.
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.
- 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 …