Oprah, Prince Harry launching Apple TV+ series on mental health
The Duke of Sussex’s official Instagram account announced Wednesday that Prince Harry and the media icon will co-create and executive-produce a multi-part docuseries focused on mental health, mental illness, and the road to mental wellness.
In development for several months, the project will make its debut on Apple TV+ sometime in 2020.
“I truly believe that good mental health — mental fitness — is the key to powerful leadership, productive communities and a purpose-driven self,” Prince Harry said of the series via press 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.”
Oprah responded to Prince Harry’s Instagram post with a message of support, writing: “Delighted to be partnering with you. Hope we shed a lot of Light. And change some lives!”
The announcement comes on the heels of the Duke’s sustained work as a mental health advocate. In addition to sharing his own struggle with grief and anxiety in the years following the death of his mother, Princess Diana, Prince Harry has dedicated years to working with communities around the world to address stigmas surrounding mental illness.
“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,” Prince Harry’s statement continued. “I am incredibly proud to be working alongside Oprah on this vital series.”
Apple TV+ is expected to launch its first round of subscription-based content — including the Jennifer Aniston/Reese Witherspoon dramedy The Morning Show — later in 2019.