Prince Harry has long been an advocate for mental health, but if there was anyone who ever doubted the importance of such a subject for the Prince, you need only watch the newly released trailer to Harry and Oprah Winfrey’s upcoming Apple TV+ series. In it, the Duke of Sussex seems to revisit the trauma he experienced after his mother’s death, with archival footage shown from the 1997 funeral of Diana where Harry, then aged only 12, stood with his head bowed as his mother’s coffin passed by. As Harry tells Winfrey, “To make that decision to receive help is not a sign of weakness. In today’s world, more than ever, it is a sign of strength.”
Titled The Me You Can’t See, the new series will premiere on Friday and features several celebrity interviews in which they discuss mental health. Included in the series are the likes of Lady Gaga, Glenn Close and San Antoni Spurs basketball star, DeMar DeRozan.
The series has been a long-time coming. Back in 2019, news first circulated of a documentary series from Harry and Winfrey, and though it was expected to be released in 2020, the global pandemic dealt production a major blow. Consequently, scheduling was pushed back but, as they tend to say, all good things take time and it seems the series will certainly tackle weighty topics that prove both timely and deeply important.
When interviewed just recently on the Drew Barrymore Show, Winfrey told the host that she’s incredibly excited about the project. “I just want to say that Dr. Perry and I have 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,” said Winfrey.
Serving as co-creators and executive producers of the project, Prince Harry and Winfrey discuss mental health openly and with great vulnerability that is refreshing to witness. On the Sussexes’ Archewell website, it says they will guide “honest discussions about mental health and emotional wellbeing, while opening up about their personal journeys and struggles.”
In recent months, Harry has certainly removed the veil of privacy and discussed his life with honesty. Following the tell-all interview he and Meghan Markle had with Winfrey, he also appeared on an episode of the Armchair Expert podcast, in which he discussed parenting and his own experience as a child. During the interview, the Prince seemed to suggest that Prince Charles and the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh had failed as parents, as he spoke of wanting to “break the cycle” of “genetic pain and suffering” for the sake of his own children. Speaking of Charles, he said: “He’s treated me the way he was treated, so how can I change that for my own kids?”
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, support is available at Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636, Lifeline on 13 1 14 and at MensLine on 1300 789 978.
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