Prince Harry broke from ‘royal tradition’ with Meghan says expert
Oprah said during CBS’ The Drew Barrymore Show the series she and Prince Harry have been working on for years will be released within weeks. Oprah appeared on Mrs Barrymore show last week alongside US psychiatrist Dr Bruce D. Perry.
After they were interviewed on the book the journalist and psychiatrist worked together focused on mental health, trauma and healing, Oprah spoke about another project she has collaborated closely on with Dr Perry.
She told Ms Barrymore: “I wanna just say that Dr Perry and I have been also, for the past two years, along with Prince Harry and Apple, we’ve been working on this mental health series that’s coming out in May on Apple.”
Oprah went on speaking about how important it is for her to use her life “in order to help people” to get their best possible lives.
Oprah’s claim her show with Prince Harry will air this month came before Apple TV+ made any formal announcement on the series.
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Express.co.uk has contacted Apple for comment and further detail on the show.
This isn’t the first time Oprah speaks about her work with Prince Harry.
During her landmark interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, first aired in early March, Oprah briefly mentioned the series after Meghan revealed she experienced suicidal thoughts while pregnant with Archie.
After Meghan recalled carrying out a royal engagement after confessing to Prince Harry she was hugely struggling, Oprah said: “Nobody should have to go through that.
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“And, you know, Harry and I are working on this mental health series for Apple, and yeah we hear a lot of these stories.”
The communications team of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced in April 2019 the Duke of Sussex had teamed up with the US journalist to create a documentary series on mental health.
Oprah and Harry, a statement shared at the time on the Sussex Royal Instagram account read, “have been developing the series for several months”.
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The multi-part documentary was initially due to be released in 2020 – but it was likely delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The statement also 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.
“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.”
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Speaking about the show, the Duke of Sussex said at the time: “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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Following this announcement, little else was revealed about the upcoming series.
Prince Harry has focused much of his royal work on mental health.
In 2016, he launched with Kate and Prince William Heads Together, an initiative backed by the Royal Foundation to change the conversation surrounding mental health.
Joined by Meghan, the three royals launched in May 2019 mental health text line Shout, a 24/7 messaging service for people who are experiencing a mental health crisis.
Harry also worked with the Ministry of Defence on the launch of HeadFit, a digital programme designed to help army personnel and veterans be more proactive with maintaining both their mental and physical health.
The Duke has signalled he will continue with his work focused on mental health even outside of the Firm, as earlier this year it was announced he has been hired as chief impact officer at mental health and coaching firm BetterUp.