The documentary series is to be co-produced and co-created by Prince Harry. Oprah also defended Meghan Markle during a show on Wednesday.
More and more famous personalities are seen to be stepping up and talking about mental health issues. Mental health issues usually go unnoticed because you can't see them, unlike with physical illness. Hence, it is important that people are aware of such issues as well, how to handle them, understand them, and also how to deal with them. Recently, it was announced that Oprah Winfrey will be collaborating with the Duke of Sussex to work on a documentary series that will focus on spreading awareness on mental health. During the CBS This Morning show on Wednesday, the world famous presenter even defended her friend Meghan Markle. She described the pregnant royal as "warm and loving" during the show. The documentary will be a series which is said to be co-produced and co-created by Prince Harry.
Speaking to host Gayle King, Oprah said, “(She) is not only everything that we perceive of her as being - graceful and dynamic in holding that position - but she just has a wonderful, warm, giving, loving heart. I see all the crazy press around her and I think it’s really unfair.” Gayle also happens to be a very good friend of the Dutchess of Sussex and even attended Meghan Markle's baby shower in New York. She too was keen on defending Meghan Markle during the show and spoke about how the press is to blame for every time people have false opinions about her.
She said of her ‘bad press’, “She's very kind. She doesn't seem to buy into though." Oprah responded saying, “She actually does not read anything, which I find remarkable, in spite of all that's going on, she doesn't read anything.” Kensington Palace recently revealed that the ex-talk show host will be partnering up with Prince Harry for an upcoming documentary series about mental health for Apple. Reports suggest that the Duke of Sussex will also be featured in the series.
The documentary series will focus on the importance of mental health and well being. It aims to inspire viewers to open up about the challenges they face on a daily basis. The creators of the show want to help people suffering from mental health issues have honest conversations about what they are going through, even if it is just with a couple of people they are most comfortable with. It will build on Prince Harry's long-standing work with mental health initiatives. He has worked a lot towards helping people open up and deal with their issues in the past.
I needed help. For a very long time. I am in my late 40’s. But, it was almost a sign of weakness to reach out. Especially, in the black community. Reached out last year. Best thing that I have ever done. 😊— Private Protection (@SoloProtection) April 10, 2019
The documentary will also help the 34-year-old Prince to share his own experiences once again. He will be acting as an advocate for all of those suffering and finding it hard to cope. The Duke of Sussex has previously revealed that he had been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions. These instances took place especially during his childhood when he was trying to cope with the death of his mother, Princess Diana.
The documentary seeks to empower all those people who "silently suffer" from depression and other mental health conditions. The idea for the documentary series has been in talks between Prince Harry and Oprah for months. It is believed that the idea came around sometime around the time of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding last year. As reported by The Sun, Prince Harry said, "I truly believe that good mental health – mental fitness – is the key to powerful leadership, productive communities and a purpose-driven self."
He further added, "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 which we have been developing together for several months."
Prince Harry will be featured on camera for the documentary but it isn't sure whether he will be interviewed by Oprah. "Our hope is it will have an impact on reducing the stigma and allowing people to know that they are not alone," she said of her aims for the series to CBS This Morning. Prince Harry, along with his brother Prince William and sister-in-law Kate, launched the Heads Together charity in 2016 to help people in the UK and Commonwealth gain support. They have also spoken about how they plan to use digital technology to offer further support to the people who are suffering and to also improve education on mental health.
The documentary series will be available on Apple TV in 2020.