Thu, 11 Apr, 2019
Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey's "secret meetings"
Prince Harry has teamed up with Oprah Winfrey to create a new documentary series on mental health.
The multi-part series, which is set to air on Apple’s upcoming streaming service Apple TV+ in 2020, is co-created and produced by the Duke of Sussex and the popular TV personality.
“I am incredibly proud to be working alongside Oprah on this vital series, which we have been developing together for several months,” the Prince confirmed in a statement.
“Our hope is that this series will be positive, enlightening and inclusive – sharing global stories of unparalleled human spirit … and the opportunity for us to understand ourselves and those around us better.”
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We are excited to announce that The Duke of Sussex and Oprah Winfrey are partners, co-creators and executive producers on their forthcoming mental health series launching on Apple in 2020. The pair have been developing the series for several months and are looking forward to sharing such an important project on this global platform. The dynamic multi-part documentary series will focus on both mental illness and mental wellness, inspiring viewers to have an honest conversation about the challenges each of us faces, and how to equip ourselves with the tools to not simply survive, but to thrive. This commitment builds on The Duke of Sussex’s long-standing work on issues and initiatives regarding mental health, where he has candidly shared personal experience and advocated for those who silently suffer, empowering them to get the help and support they deserve. His Royal Highness has spent many years working with communities throughout the UK and young people across the Commonwealth to break the stigma surrounding mental illness and broaden the conversation of mental wellness to accelerate change for a more compassionate, connected and positive society. Quote from HRH: “I truly believe that good mental health - mental fitness - is the key to powerful leadership, productive communities and a purpose-driven self. It is a huge responsibility to get this right as we bring you the facts, the science and the awareness of a subject that is so relevant during these times. Our hope is that this series will be positive, enlightening and inclusive - sharing global stories of unparalleled human spirit fighting back from the darkest places, and the opportunity for us to understand ourselves and those around us better. I am incredibly proud to be working alongside Oprah on this vital series.”
In an appearance on CBS’s This Morning, Winfrey said she and the Prince had “secret meetings” in London to develop the project.
“I’ve flown there with the crew, sitting in sessions talking about the directions we’re going to take [with the series],” she said.
“Our hope is that it will have an impact to reduce the stigma and help people to know they’re not alone, allowing people to speak up about it and identify it for themselves and their friends.”
Prince Harry and @Oprah are launching an Apple TV docu-series tackling mental health.
"Our hope is it will have an impact on reducing the stigma and allowing people to know that they are not alone." -- @Oprah Winfrey pic.twitter.com/KsEyn1d9DA
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) April 10, 2019
She revealed that the collaboration came about when she was having a conversation with the Prince and asked him what the most important issues facing the world were.
“He said there were two,” she said. “He said climate change and he said mental wellness, mental fitness.”
She added, “As you know, he’s spoken about his own issues and what he went through after his mother died and how being able to talk about it has benefited him.
“And I was telling him about this Apple platform and he said at the end of the conversation, ‘If there’s anything I can do to help.’ And I go, ‘As a matter of fact…’”
In June 2018, Apple announced that it has signed a multi-year partnership with Winfrey to create original programs for the tech company.
The upcoming docu-series is Prince Harry’s latest project that focuses on mental health. He has previously launched the mental health initiative Heads Together with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to raise awareness and tackle the stigma surrounding the subject.