Harry and Oprah will be co-creators and executive producers of the mental health documentary series for Apple’s streaming service, which launches next year. Speaking to Bryony Gordon for The Telegraph, the royal admitted that discussing his mental health on her podcast in 2017 showed him the “impact” it could have.
Harry said: “When I did your podcast two years ago the response made me realise what an impact sharing my story could have, and what an impact other stories can have for so many who are suffering silently.
“If the viewers can relate to the pain and perhaps the experience, then it could save lives, as we will focus on prevention and positive outcomes.
“What I have learnt and I continue to learn in the space of mental health, mental illness and self-awareness is that all roads lead back to our mental wellbeing, how we look after ourselves and each other.”
Appearing on Bryony’s Mad World podcast two years ago, Harry revealed he sought counselling after two years of “total chaos” having spent 20 years “not thinking” about the death of his mother Princess Diana.
He said: “I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but my work as well.
“I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and sort of lies and misconceptions and everything are coming to you from every angle.”
Harry and Oprah’s documentary series will focus on breaking down the stigma around mental health.
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The royal said it will show examples of the “human spirit fighting back from the darkest places”.
He added: “We are assembling subject matter experts as an advisory board to the series, the main reason being we appreciate this is a multi-faceted subject – and we have a huge responsibility to get this right.
“In this process, I’ve already learned just how many studies have been done, and how much information is out there which isn’t reaching the general public.
“The facts and science exist, and we deserve to know it all.”
Harry and Oprah have met a number of times to discuss the project.
The production team includes Asif Kapadia, Dawn Porter and Kahane Cooperman.
The royal said: “I’m very much still on my own path. What I have learned and I continue to learn in the space of mental health, mental illness and self-awareness is that all roads lead back to our mental well-being, how we look after ourselves and each other.”
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