Prince Harry Teams Up With Oprah Winfrey for Apple TV Mental Health Series

Duke of Sussex is developing a multi-part documentary series with the Queen of All Media airing in 2020

Last Updated: April 10, 2019 @ 7:20 AM

Oprah Winfrey’s next project is getting the real royal treatment after the Queen of All Media has partnered with Prince Harry on a multi-part documentary series about mental health for Apple TV.

The Duke of Sussex and Winfrey will be partners, co-creators and executive producers on the series set to launch in 2020, according to an Instagram post on Harry’s official account.

“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 announcement said.

“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.”

The youngest son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana has talked openly about his own battles with anxiety and depression following the death of his mother in 1997.

Harry, 34, said that living in the public eye while battling grief left him feeling like he could be “very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions,” according to the Telegraph.

He also revealed that he sought help from mental health professionals after shutting down all his emotions for two decades and being “on the verge of punching someone” during royal engagements.

Harry has since immersed himself in organizations that help others suffering similar issues such as Walking With the Wounded, the HALO Trust and the Invictus Games.

“I truly believe that good mental health — mental fitness — is the key to powerful leadership, productive communities and a purpose-driven self,” Harry said in a statement. “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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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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