Oprah Winfrey shares Prince Harry’s throwaway comment that kicked off new series

TV legend Oprah Winfrey has revealed how she and Prince Harry ended up making a mental health documentary series together – and it was sparked by a throwaway comment.

Speaking in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, she talked about the new Apple TV+ show, called The Me You Can’t See which she has co-created with Harry.

"He is just the greatest, isn't he?" asked Ellen.

Oprah said: "He is just fantastic and I will say that from the very first moment we had a conversation, about what were the two most important issues in the world.

"And he said ‘climate change and mental health’, and I started telling him about this series I was working on, and we didn’t even have a name for it, it was just a mental health series.

"As I turned away, he said ‘If you ever need any help with that series…'

"I went… 'What did you just say? Did I need any help?'"

The studio then erupted into laughter and Ellen started to quiz Oprah on what she hoped the show would mean to people battling mental health difficulties.

Oprah said actress Glenn Close will tell her story about her sister's struggle with bipolar and Lady Gaga will also be involved.

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She said: "I hope what people come to understand is that there is a spectrum and we are all on it."

Prince Harry is expected to speak frankly in the new documentary about his experiences with trauma and grief and how "vulnerability" can be powerful.

Talking about the show, he said: "We are born into different lives, brought up in different environments, and as a result are exposed to different experiences. But our shared experience is that we are all human.

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"The majority of us carry some form of unresolved trauma, loss, or grief, which feels—and is—very personal.

"Yet the last year has shown us that we are all in this together, and my hope is that this series will show there is power in vulnerability, connection in empathy, and strength in honesty."

The Me You Can’t See will be available from May 21 on Apple TV+

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