Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey—the power duo you didn’t know you needed—are coming together for a multi-part documentary series on mental health. The royal and television royalty have apparently been working on the project for several months and, according to the Sussex Royal Instagram account, are partners, co-creators and executive producers on the venture that’s coming in 2020.
The series represents Harry’s latest step in his ongoing, years-long work to break down stigmas related to mental health and create space for an open dialogue about issues pertaining to anxiety and mental illness. He famously shared his own experience with suffering in silence following the untimely death of his mother, Princess Diana, and eventually seeking therapy after “shutting down all of [his] emotions for the last 20 years.” During his various official visits to communities in the U.K. and abroad, Harry has made the notion of being able to seek help a sign strength and eliminating shame a priority.
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.”
The series, described as “positive, enlightening and inclusive.” will focus on “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.”
Harry’s partnership with Oprah is a smart fit since the talk show maven, businesswoman and beloved entertainer is an equally outspoken champion of self-care and mental health maintenance.
Prince Harry and @Oprah are launching an Apple TV docu-series tackling mental health.
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) April 10, 2019
And they certainly aren’t strangers. You may recall Oprah was a guest at his and Meghan Markle’s wedding last year and Winfrey was on CBS This Morning today chatting with bestie Gayle King, also a pal of Meghan’s, and spoke about what she sees as unfair treatment of the Duchess of Sussex in the press.
“I feel that if people really knew her, they would know that she is not only everything you perceive her as being—graceful and dynamic in holding that position—but that she just has a wonderful warm, giving, funny heart.” Luckily, Oprah says Meghan doesn’t read anything about herself, which Winfrey finds “remarkable,” and also a smart tactic in general for mental health maintenance.
Oprah and Harry’s as-yet-unnamed documentary will be premiering on Apple next year.