Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey announce mental health series to launch on Apple TV

The project hopes to show "global stories of unparalleled human spirit fighting back from the darkest places"

Prince Harry, Oprah Winfrey (Getty)

Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey are joining forces for a new series about mental health for Apple TV.

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The Duke of Sussex and the US talk show star are making a television series which will focus on both “mental illness and mental wellness, inspiring viewers to have an honest conversation about the challenges each of us faces”. 

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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.”

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A statement released on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s record-breaking Instagram account includes a quote from His Royal Highness, emphasising that it’s “a huge responsibility” to get the project right.

“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,” he said.

Prince Harry has been championing mental health issues ever since revealing the impact of his mother Princess Diana’s death on him via the Mad World podcast in 2017, admitting that at times it was “total chaos” and that he had “probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions”.

With Prince William and Kate Middleton, Prince Harry launched Heads Together, a mental health initiative by the Royal Foundation, and has worked with veterans around the world with the Invictus Games foundation and numerous other charities to ensure the best possible mental health support for military personnel.

Oprah Winfrey at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding (Getty)

Winfrey revealed that the idea for the mental health television series came out of a conversation she had with Prince Harry when she asked him what he thought were the most important issues facing the world. “And he said: ‘There are two: climate change, and mental wellness, mental fitness,’” she told CBS This Morning.

Winfrey told Prince Harry that highlighting mental health awareness was a “big concern” of hers, and so the idea was born. 

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Prince Harry and Winfrey have been “developing the series for several months” and it will launch on Apple TV in 2020.