Prince Harry hopes his Apple TV+ series will help save lives


Duke of Sussex
The Duke of Sussex frequently speaks out about mental health.
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Apple TV+ could do a lot more than just offering up some great entertainment — it could save lives.

That’s according to none other than the U.K.’s Prince Harry, aka the Duke of Sussex. In a conversation with The Daily Telegraph, he discussed what he hopes to achieve with his upcoming Apple TV+ series, which will focus on mental health.

The Duke of Sussex said the series will concentrate on the “human spirit fighting back from the darkest places.” He hopes that this could even help “save lives.” Harry has been an outspoken supporter of mental health initiatives in the United Kingdom.

In his interview with the Telegraph, he explained that:

“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.”

Duke of Sussex’s Apple TV+ series is a collaboration with Oprah Winfrey

The Duke of Sussex is a co-creator and executive producer on the untitled series, along with Oprah Winfrey. It is not clear whether Harry or Oprah will appear on-screen in the series. While unlikely, it’s even possible that he could appear onstage at an Apple event in the future. Oprah showed up earlier this year at Apple’s March 25 “It’s Show Time” event. She signed a deal with Apple in 2018.

In an April 2019 post on Instagram announcing the series, its creators noted that:

“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.”

Apple TV+ will make its debut November 1. It will cost $4.99 per month. There is also a one-year free trial for anyone who buys a new Mac, iPhone or iPad. The Oprah/Duke of Sussex series will debut sometime next year. You can check out a list of all the shows Apple is working on here.

Source: The Telegraph (paywall)