Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey to make mental-health documentary

Duke of Sussex came close to breakdown after the death of his mother, Princess Diana

Prince Harry: the duke of Sussex takes part in a children’s ballet class at a YMCA in London last week, on a visit to learn about its mental-health work and support for young people. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/Pool/AFP/Getty

Prince Harry: the duke of Sussex takes part in a children’s ballet class at a YMCA in London last week, on a visit to learn about its mental-health work and support for young people. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/Pool/AFP/Getty

 

Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey have teamed up to produce an Apple documentary next year aimed at raising awareness of mental health.

The duke of Sussex, who revealed he had come very close to a breakdown after the death of his mother, Princess Diana, when he was 12, has made mental-health campaigning one of his priorities. His frank disclosures about his own torment have helped to break down some British taboos about public discussion of mental-health issues.

He and Winfrey, one of the world’s most influential media moguls, have been working on the project for a few months. “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 statement.

“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.”

Winfrey joined Apple on stage in March when it launched streaming television services and announced a global book club and two documentaries. – Reuters

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