Prince Harry partners with Oprah Winfrey to create Apple TV+ documentary series

“The Duke of Sussex has announced a collaboration with Oprah Winfrey, as the pair work together on a mental health documentary series for Apple,” Hannah Furness reports for The Telegraph. “The duo will work as ‘co-creators and executive producers’ on a series the Duke promises will be ‘positive, enlightening and inclusive,’ offering viewers the chance to ‘understand ourselves and those around us better.'”

“Last month, [Winfrey] appeared on stage at the launch of Apple TV Plus, announcing she was working on two forthcoming series which would reach the millions of people around the world with an iPhone,” Furness reports. “The Duke is understood to have requested the company make a donation to mental health charities instead of receiving a fee.”

The new Apple TV+ series “follows the work of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry into mental health over the last few years, with their Heads Together initiative,” Furness reports. “Prince Harry has also undertaken work on the mental health of military veterans with the Invictus Games Foundation and the Endeavour Fund.

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We are excited to announce that The Duke of Sussex and Oprah Winfrey are partners, co-creators and executive producers on their forthcoming mental health series launching on Apple in 2020. The pair have been developing the series for several months and are looking forward to sharing such an important project on this global platform. 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. Quote from HRH: “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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MacDailyNews Note: Apple TV+, Apple’s forthcoming streaming service will feature original shows and movies across every genre. Apple has announced that Apple TV+ is coming this fall exclusively on the Apple TV app.

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6 Comments

  1. The mission statement for this quasi-expose documentary is heartfelt, positive, full of reformist hope so it’s laudatory, and it’s ushered by the likable-enough personalities of Oprah and Harry. If the show oozes compassion or if it consists of instances of mental problems and then wallowing in them, I am not interested. If it reports on actual solutions I am interested. If the solutions are based on current conventional, pill pushing corporate medicine which merely treats symptoms but does not heal the cause, however, I am not interested.

    And I surely hope that it’s not preachy which, I think, Oprah gravitates toward. I would be interested only if the storylines were not documentaries because I already see enough of that in real life, but presented in escapist metaphors such as in Star Trek or in Twilight Zone.

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