Oprah Winfrey is about to partner with Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex.
On Wednesday, the unlikely co-producers announced their joint venture for a series on mental health for Apple TV.
According to a statement from Kensington Palace, the series aims to have "honest conversation about the challenges each of us faces," as well as to give people "the tools to not simply survive, but to thrive."
The announcement came via social media on Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle's newly-formed Instagram account.
"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 announcement read.
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."
114.4k Likes, 1,213 Comments - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (@sussexroyal) on Instagram: "We are excited to announce that The Duke of Sussex and Oprah Winfrey are partners, co-creators and..."
Oprah said the series came out of a conversation with Prince Harry, where she asked him about the most important issues facing the world right now.
In an appearance on CBS This Morning, she said that she had a series of secret meetings with him about the project.
"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," Winfrey said.
Check out Oprah's appearance on CBS below:
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