Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, is collaborating with an “American royal” on a new TV project. And who is that? The Queen of All Media, Oprah Winfrey herself.
He is working with Oprah on a 2020 documentary series to address mental health — illness and wellness — which will air on Apple TV. Oprah told CBS This Morning that when talking to the prince she asked him what were the most important issues to him and he answered, “There are two: climate change and mental wellness/fitness.”
From that brief chat, the two agreed this is a matter they are both concerned about. They have been collaborating for the past few months, which we will see the results of their efforts in a 2020 docuseries.
Here is the official announcement with more details, from Harry and wife Meghan Markle‘s newly launched Instagram page:
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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.”
Prince Harry has spoken candidly in the past about dealing with the loss of his mother, Princess Diana, at the age of 12. In 2017, he said that he shut off his emotions for 20 years, avoiding the trauma, and finally sought counseling when he found himself on the verge of breaking down, reports The Associate Press.
With professional help he was able to process his feelings of distraught, saying, “All of a sudden, all of this grief that I have never processed started to come to the forefront and I was like, there is actually a lot of stuff here that I need to deal with.”
He came out of therapy with a better handle on things and was able to focus on moving forward: “I’ve now been able to take my work seriously, been able to take my private life seriously as well, and been able to put blood, sweat and tears into the things that really make a difference and things that I think will make a difference to everybody else,” he said.”
As you probably know by now, he is now married to American actress Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, and the two are expecting their first baby… any time now (!!).
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