What you need to know
- Oprah Winfrey's Apple TV+ show will be exclusive.
- It's a documentary series.
- Prince Harry is also working on the series.
It isn't often that Prince Harry, or The Duke of Sussex as his grandmother likes to call him, appears in a headline relating to Apple. But here he is, and it all sounds pretty great with Harry said to be working on Oprah Winfrey's new Apple TV+ show.
In a report in The Telegraph we learn that Prince Harry is particularly focussed on mental health right now. And as part of that focus he's working with Oprah Winfrey on a new documentary series. In fact, he's co-creator and co-executive producer of it.
The thing that is occupying much of Prince Harry's headspace right now is mental health. His own, of course, but also everybody else's, and how much better life is when you look after it. It is the narrative that runs through absolutely everything he does, a subject he is so passionate about that he is currently working on a groundbreaking new documentary series on it with Oprah Winfrey, details of which the Telegraph is able to reveal today.
The series will focus on breaking down the stigma and shame surrounding mental illness – showing examples of the "human spirit fighting back from the darkest places," as the Duke puts it. Alongside Oprah, he is co-creator and co-executive producer on the venture, which will launch on the new Apple TV+ streaming service next year.
But more important than the Prince's involvement is the fact that he believes the show could save lives thanks of its focus on fact-based research.
It is a matter of great importance to the Duke that he gets this right – that the series is meticulously researched and based in fact and evidence, as well as being human and relatable, too. "When I did your podcast two years ago," he tells me, "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."
Oprah Winfrey announced her Apple TV documentary series earlier this year, although it isn't known when it will air. Apple TV+ will go live on November 1st in more than 100 countries. It'll cost $4.99 per month with a free one-year subscription available to anyone who buys a new Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, or Mac.