Prince Harry has long advocated mental health, but if anyone doubts the importance of this issue for the prince, just watch the recently released trailer for the upcoming Harry TV + series by Harry and Oprah Winfrey. In it, the Duke of Sussex appears to revisit the trauma he experienced after his mother’s death, with archive footage shown during Diana’s 1997 funeral, where Harry, then only 12, he stood with his head bowed as he passed his mother’s coffin. As Harry tells Winfrey, “Making that decision to receive help is not a sign of weakness. In today’s world, more than ever, it is a sign of strength.
Titled The Me You Can’t See, the new series will premiere on Friday and features several interviews with celebrities talking about mental health. The series includes Lady Gaga, Glenn Close and San Antoni Spurs basketball star DeMar DeRozan.
The series has been very long. In 2019 the news of a documentary series by Harry and Winfrey was distributed for the first time, and, although it was expected to be released in 2020, the global pandemic produced a major blow. Consequently, the programming was done backwards, but, as they say, all good things take time and it seems that the series will deal with important topics that are as important as they are timely.
When she was recently interviewed on the Drew Barrymore show, Winfrey told the host that she was very excited about the project. “I just want to say that Dr. Perry and I too, for the past two years, along with Prince Harry and Apple, have been working on this mental health series that will come out in May at Apple,” Winfrey said.
As creators and executive producers of the project, Prince Harry and Winfrey discuss mental health openly and with a great vulnerability that is refreshing to witness. On the Sussex website Archewell, he says they will guide “honest discussions about mental health and emotional well-being, as they open up about their travels and personal struggles.”
In recent months, Harry has removed the veil of intimacy and debated his life honestly. After the full interview he and Meghan Markle had with Winfrey, he also appeared in an episode of the Armchair Expert podcast, in which he talked about parenting and his own experience as a child. During the interview, the prince seemed to suggest that Prince Charles and the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh had failed as parents, as he spoke of wanting to “break the cycle” of “genetic pain and suffering” for the sake of his own children. Speaking of Charles, he said, “He treated me the same way he did, so how can I change that for my kids?”
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, the service is available at Beyond Blue at 1300 22 4636, Lifeline at 13 1 14 and MensLine at 1300 789 978.