Prince Harry to team up with Oprah Winfrey for mental health TV series

Danny Thompson
Contributor
DAGENHAM, ENGLAND – APRIL 11: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (Photo by Chris Jackson – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Prince Harry is making a TV series about battling mental health – with the help of US TV legend Oprah Winfrey.

The pair will be listed as ‘co-creators and executive producers’ of the series, which is to be screened on Apple TV. It is hoped such high profile names working on a programme about mental health will help raise awareness and break down the stigma which exists around it.

NEW YORK – APRIL 10: Oprah on CBS This Morning (Photo by Michele Crowe/CBS via Getty Images)

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The Duke of Sussex said in a statement: “I truly believe that good mental health, mental fitness, is the key to powerful leadership, productive communities and a purpose-driven self.

“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.

“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.

“I am incredibly proud to be working alongside Oprah on this vital series which we have been developing together for several months.”

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Harry has revealed in the past his own struggles with mental health after losing his mother when he was just 12 as well as growing up under intense media scrutiny. Talking about the project and Prince Harry’s own relationship with mental health, Oprah said: “He’s spoken about what he went through after his mother died and how being able to talk has benefitted him. It’s a passion of his.

“Our hope is it will have an impact on reducing the stigma and allow people to know they’re not alone.”

Oprah Winfrey arrives for the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, near London, England, Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Andrew Milligan/pool photo via AP)

Oprah is good friends of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle. The chat show icon was a guest when the pair got married in 2018.