Since opening up about the struggle to cope with his mother Princess Diana‘s tragic death in an extraordinary candid interview in 2017, Price Harry has been a leading figure in raising awareness of the importance of mental health.
In an announcement published to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s official Instagram account, Kensington Palace revealed that the multi-part documentary series, which will air on the Apple TV platform in 2020, aims to inspire viewers “to have an honest conversation about the challenges each of us faces.”
The documentary, which has been the result of months of work between the pair, who will also act as co-creators and executive producers of the series, looks to equip people “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,” the statement explained.
In a bid to further the conversation around mental health, Prince Harry launched the Heads Together charity alongside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2016. The mental health initiative works with young people, emergency response, homeless charities, and with veterans, to tackle stigma and help them access the best services possible.
In the statement, Prince Harry said that he was “incredibly proud” to be collaborating with the US host on the new series.
“I truly believe that good mental health – mental fitness – is the key to powerful leadership, productive communities and a purpose-driven self,” Harry said in a quote in the Instagram post.
“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.”
Oprah, who was a guest at Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle in 2018, told CBS This Morning that the royal partnership emerged from a conversation she had with Harry when she asked him what he thought the most important issues facing the world were. “And he said: ‘There are two: climate change, and mental wellness, mental fitness’,” she said.
“Our hope is that it will have an impact on reducing the stigma and allowing people to know that they are not alone, allowing people to speak up about it and being able to identify it for themselves and in their friends,” she added.
We’ll have to wait a little while for Harry to feature on camera though, as the documentary is expected to air on Apple TV in 2020.