Prince Harry has been a passionate advocate for mental health support for a while and he’s not slowing down on the cause anytime soon. In fact, Mr. Meghan Markle is going to be taking his advocacy to the next level by teaming up with another icon of American royalty. Harry and Oprah will join forces for a documentary series about mental health that will launch on Apple in 2020.
After Princess Diana died tragically when Harry was 12, he suffered from serious panic attacks and ultimately sought therapy. Harry, along with brother Prince William and sister-in-law Duchess Kate, spoke in 2016 about removing the stigma from mental health issues and candidly shared his own story. Since he and Meghan welcomed young Archie into the world in May, Harry is likely thinking even more about creating for his son the kind of world that supports everyone and fosters good mental health.
Oprah’s involvement in the project came about when the two had a conversation about the most pressing issues facing the planet. The timing was right, as Oprah had recently signed a major deal with Apple to create original programming. The two will be co-creators and executive producers on the project. No word yet on whether Meghan will be involved in any way but while talking about the project, Oprah did pause to reflect on the unfair treatment her friend has received in the press.
The two seem to be on the same page when speaking about the project. “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,” Harry said. He also stressed that he and Oprah see 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.”
Winfrey commented: “Our hope is that it will have an impact on reducing the stigma and allowing people to know that they are not alone, allowing people to speak up about it and being able to identify it for themselves and in their friends.”
With these two at the helm, this timely project is definitely one to keep an eye on.