Prince Harry & Oprah have co-executive produced a series on mental health

HRH Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex receiving a boquet of flowers from Sophia, following the twelfth annual Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch in aid of the three National Service Charities: ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.

Oprah Winfrey attended Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding last year. I still believe that Oprah didn’t really know Meghan, but when the royal engagement came out, Oprah befriended Doria Ragland. They reportedly hung out at Oprah’s California estate and did yoga and talked. For a while, the British tabloids claimed that Doria would give her first interview to Oprah, but that never happened. Doria seems to understand that giving interviews would be seen as selling out her daughter. And Oprah hasn’t pressed either – Oprah never went on and on about her royal connections. So because Oprah kept the faith, she’s being rewarded with another royal association: Prince Harry is participating in Oprah’s new Apple TV series on mental health. The Sussexes even got to announce the participation on their Instagram:

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.”

[From The SussexRoyal Instagram]

I mean… LMAO, this is so good. “The pair have been developing the series for several months…” meanwhile we still have no f–king clue what Duchess Kate’s big mental health initiative is, even though that’s been hyped for the better part of seven months. In that time, Harry has found a way to secretly executive produce a show about mental health with OPRAH. It’s so delicious, my lord. These are big names, global names that the Sussexes are associating themselves with. Oprah, Tim Cook (aka “Tim Apple”). The series will also have cameos from Reese Witherspoon (who loves royalty), Jennifer Aniston, JJ Abrams and more. THR says Oprah is getting into bed with Apple TV in a big way in coming years too – she’s partnered with them for another docuseries, Toxic Labor, an Oprah Book Club series and tons more.

But sure, tell me again how Harry and Meghan are just going to disappear after Polo Baby is born. Also: Oprah AND Michael B. Jordan slid into the comments on the Sussexes’ Instagram:

Jude Law struts his stuff in his underwear while filming in Venice

Apple product launch event

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  1. Millennial says:

    Lol, Michael B Jordan asking the question on everyone’s mind.

    • 90sgirl says:

      Yeahhhhhhh!
      Well done! Prince Harry. This Project is WONDERFUL News for Prince Harry, the Sussex’s, Mental Health causes . Such a great partnership, Harry , Meghan, Oprah.

      It’s such a smart partnership, Oprah has a huge media platform , The Sussex’s and Oprah have a massive presence on the World stage.

  2. Oh No says:

    I love their Instagram, I’ve learned so much more about their causes and it feels more personal. I appreciate that.

    It has definate whiff’s of Meghan’s blog and insta and I’m here for it.

    I think being apart of this mental health conversation probably had a major impacts on Harry’s growth and development as a person and that’s beautiful

  3. BlueSky says:

    I don’t think that’s the real Michael B Jordan. His account is @michaelbjordan, not “jordon”. His account has the blue check mark.

  4. Kittycat says:

    But what a great project for Prince Harry.

  5. Stephanie says:

    This is huge and so great! William and Kate probably are crying in the corner LOL

    • Snazzy says:

      Waiting for another story throwing M under the bus in 3…2…1…

      • 90sgirl says:

        This is such amazing news. It is awesome.
        Omid has some great posts about what Oprah feels about how the UK media has treated Meghan.

        I love this project, for Oprah , Harry, Mental Health issues.

    • Heather says:

      Honest to god I saw commentary on Twitter that this is all a plot to hurt Catherine. That between the wedding and the baby and the tour and now this project it is all intentional to make sure nothing she does gets attention; “Arrr i am so sick of this… i have said in another Twitter that i am sick of this i want to know about kate project that should have been out already but because of baby sussex she will not reveal it so soon and now this comes out more stones in kate and her project.” “New story. People will think kate stealed Harry idea of a project and we know its not true [sad crying emoji x4] makes sad to think kate is in the hands of this two [4 more sad crying emoji]“

      • Tina says:

        I am very sorry, but why on earth are we transcribing the bons mots of illiterate twitter commentators here?

    • Betsy says:

      Does anyone think Kate wakes up with that dream that she’s in class and it’s finals and she realizes she hasn’t been attending class for the entire semester? I feel like this is the kind of situation in which that dream actually applies.

      • Nic919 says:

        8 years of doing next to nothing would suggest she doesn’t care to work or stress herself out about work.

      • Anare says:

        It makes me think back over the past few years and realize that Harry was the one to get involved in various causes and Kate and William sort of came along like it was expected so they trotted out there even though you could tell that Harry seemed much more comfortable in that role. We have watched this unfold and now William and Kate are trying to get the genie back in the bottle. Lolz!

  6. Loretta says:

    A great project of which Royal reporters knew nothing. They must be so pressed now.
    Bravo Harry and Oprah!!

    • 90sgirl says:

      The only one who seemed to know something was Omid, Scobie, he was giving hints last week. He tweeted about Oprah doing a new project.

  7. Seraphina says:

    Delicious news because, yes, how will Megs and Harry disappear??? Nope. They ain’t. Baw ha ha. I love their zest for their work and their approach. With power and money comes great responsibility, and they are doing a great job. And SHE IS PREGO, GASP!

    And the funny part is that not only are they proactive about global issues, but they use heavy hitters and technology to help with their missions. Brilliant!

    • Betsy says:

      I would honestly have given Kate a pass from working if she had suffered HG during her pregnancies. I had varying degrees of pregnancy nausea with the only special feature being the duration (all nine months for my last) and functioning was difficult.

  8. Becks1 says:

    I saw this and gave a little screech of joy.

    I wonder if Harry and Oprah have been friendly for a while now, and THAT’S why she was invited to the wedding. I didn’t think her presence there was as mysterious as the Clooneys, but I wonder if there was a more solid connection than we knew at the time. I think this also makes Gayle King’s appearance at the baby shower clearer – maybe she has gotten to know Meghan through Oprah and this project.

    This seems like a great idea overall. I was surprised to see that its just Harry, not Harry and Meghan, but maybe this is what he has been doing while Meghan was doing the cookbook, researching patronages etc. I also figured if Meghan was attached to this, there would be screams of “SHES TOO HOLLYWOOD!!!!!” I’m sure she is involved somehow though.

    I did see comments on IG about how they hope this discusses illnesses like schizophrenia, borderline personality, etc, but with Oprah at the helm I think it will be really well done and thorough.

    • Peg says:

      Throw in Obama, who is friends with Oprah and Harry.
      Amal and Meghan were friends for awhile, I think her hairdresser said Amal sent Meghan to him or was it a designer?

      • Becks1 says:

        I think the hairdresser story is rumor, not fact? I don’t know though. That’s why I said mysterious – I don’t think we’ve ever had confirmation how specifically they know each other. I’ve heard hairdresser, UN connections, tequila, etc.

      • Ader says:

        IDK, the Amal-Meg friendship makes total and complete sense to me. Two women of color, with Hollywood connections, who are interested in philanthropy — and one of them is newly moving to the UK as the first WOC in the royal family…of COURSE they got hooked up. Of course! That’s how wealthy folks roll. (“There’s someone you should meet…”) To me, it’s not mysterious at all.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        @Ader, I agree with you. There probably is no better person than Amal to explain and advise Meghan on the culture of the UK and how things work…British Press….society (high, low & wannabe)…..landed aristocrats…..titled aristocrats …… etc.

        I can see someone who knows them both hooking them up for formal tea.

      • notasugarhere says:

        I could see the Obama connection through the Obama Foundation. Oprah donated a million to it, Harry attended the first summit.

    • Betsy says:

      She is the one who curse America with Dr. Oz and Dr. Phil though, right? I like Oprah, but let’s not pretend she never has a tin ear, so to speak.

      • Ader says:

        That, and she spent about two decades catering to white women and never diving deep into the psychological effect of “white supremacy” ….but, that’s another controversial conversation for another day. As someone who was not diagnosed with bipolar / ADHD until 39 (and finally getting the meds and help I needed)!!!! (after years of pleading with doctors that it wasn’t me just being “crazy” or “lazy”), I’m thrilled they’re doing this. We all learn at our own paces.

  9. Becks1 says:

    Also, I’m going to be petty for a minute and say….apparently celebrities ARE willing to discuss mental health and put their name to mental health projects.

    • Oh No says:

      I’m so glad I’m not the only one who thought of Will’s tone deaf statement

    • Mego says:

      Good one Becks! And so very true.

    • Cee says:

      LOL yes.

    • Mitoncreek says:

      We shouldn’t misquote what William said. He was referring to the early days of the HT charity and he did mention that things soon turned around. As we know many celebrities are now attached to Heads Together and William did an interview with lady gaga.

      • V says:

        But he’s jealous and bitter,and that’s not what he meant..lol
        Apparently he has also forgotten that he actually partnered with some celebrities.. lmao

    • 90sgirl says:

      Oh yes, good point Becks1,
      I forgot William said that statement just a few months ago.

    • Megan says:

      Perhaps William was referring to British celebrities. Oprah and Lady Gaga are Americans. In the post about Sophie Turner, she talks about sending friends to the US for mental health treatment because she feels they can’t get the care they need in the UK.

      • Margaritas For Breakfast says:

        Hmmm perhaps an opening for MamaDoria licensed social worker to have her own practice in the UK….

    • norah says:

      so far harry has worked with idris and tom hardy on other projects now with oprah and lots more celebs so once again why hasnt william be able to do the same?

  10. Weaver says:

    Somewhere in England, a Broken Child is wistfully gazing at a portrait of the Sussexes thinking “If only they were my patrons, I’d be fixed by now.” Sigh.

    • lanne says:

      oh, that’s cold! (but I snickered)

    • Loretta says:

      LMAO

    • Becks1 says:

      Okay, this should be a comment of the week for the podcast lol.

    • Iknow says:

      Whew!!! My coffee covered keyboard has something to say to you. That was savage as hell!!!! You win the internet for the day.

    • Mego says:

      😂 😆 😝

    • Jan90067 says:

      DEAD!! 🎤 BOOM!

    • Popsuper says:

      How is a documentary or a book going to solve the situation of vulnerable children in the UK? Real solutions for this are far more complex and require many segments of society coming together from government, councils, teachers, parents & child experts.

      It’s great what Harry & Meghan are doing but not every problem in society can be solved via a book or documentary. None of us know what is involved in Kate’s childhood initiative so I’ll reserve my judgement until then.

      • lanne says:

        I hope you’re wearing comfortable shoes while you’re standing around waiting. And waiting. And waiting. There’s been no tangible plan from Kate. Not an outline even.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        “segments of society coming together from government, councils, teachers, parents & child experts.”

        Popsuper, your above statement is so true and correct. Bring together “segments of society coming together from government, councils, teachers, parents & child experts.” is what Charles has been doing with the Prince’s Trust and his other charities since his late 20′s. I am not a big fan of Chucky but he has worked his a$$ off to try to make a difference and in many ways-many times he has made a difference. Look at Dumfries House as an example of how Chucky made a difference. The working royals can make a difference if they choose to do so.

      • notasugarhere says:

        What will be involved is the usual. Kate showing up to “learn” from professionals, the professionals doing what they’ve always done, and Kate claiming credit. Or dropping the idea like she’s droppped/failed some of her other charities.

      • LindaM says:

        You’re assuming books and documentaries are the only things Harry and Meghan can deliver for some reason. The point is they have demonstrated they can produce something that helps the causes they are support. I have no idea what the tangible goals/measures of success are for the “Broken Children” project, but it would benefit Kate and the cause to demonstrate some initiative with clear goals and benefits to the constituency being served by the project.

      • B says:

        @LindaM I don’t think that is what Popsuper is saying I think she is saying that the joke was silly and that to act like a documentary is going to fix the problem vastly disrespects the problem.

        Now whether anything comes of Kate’s idea is yet to be determined but hopefully this H&M documentary is just a first step to bring awareness and they will do further but a documentary isnt’ going to solve it.

      • V says:

        @LindaM Does this initiative have goals? No,because it’s THEIR same old “let’s raise awareness” approach.

        @B “don’t think that is what Popsuper is saying I think she is saying that the joke was silly and that to act like a documentary is going to fix the problem vastly disrespects the problem.”
        This. And what I see here is the overhype for something that if it was announced by the other bitter,jealous,lazy,incompetent couple LOL would have been received with reactions like “but what they are DOING, CONCRETELY?” “it’s all PR!” “why are they are announcing this now when it’s still in the pre-production phase? PR,as usual..” Then lazy brother was mocked and accused of shameless PR shenanigans, because they have let it know he did an internship,that probably he was asked to do.
        Sure,raising awareness is important. But it’s not going to fix anything. They are not experts and nobody expects them to fix problem. But they have done,ALL of them,countless engagements where it wasn’t clear what exactly was the purpose.
        Their use of the royal foundation’s funds has always lacked a precise focus. Mental health is a difficult topic that can’t be approached as a monolite.
        Now that they have split and that apparently the foundation is being kept by the Cambridges,I hope that Kate uses the team of experts she has allegedly partnered with,to give a structured approach to the distribution of the funds. Focusing on schools is already something.
        They are not experts and shouldn’t give any unnecessary opinion about what they don’t know, but they can use their visibility to help even very little associations that have actually concrete goals.

      • Weaver says:

        The point of my post isn’t that a documentary will solve things. The Sussexes seem focus on tangible projects with measurable outcomes and follow through on them. Meanwhile the Cambridges are keen to explore the examination of the potential possibilities of the something something blah blah that never actually has a deadline or clear outcome.

      • LindaM says:

        I was only references popsuper’s specific comment about books and documentaries not solving a problem. Clearly the cookbook helped solve a specific issue, for some period of time anyway.

      • Margaritas For Breakfast says:

        A documentary usually educates and informs. With Oprah involved it will likely inspire as well. At the very least the docuseries will educate millions of viewers about mental health symptoms, the challenge it poses to healthy functioning and where to go to speak to someone. It may even ignite some momentum for lets say more cooperation between schools hospitals employers in identifying at risk people and providing services. Harry isn’t a psycho!ogist but he may provide the spark for better services across Britain. That may be his ultimate legacy.

      • norah says:

        what is kate’s programme anyway?

    • Sips.Tea says:

      LMAO you win today!

    • Nic919 says:

      🔥🔥🔥

    • Lowrider says:

      Tragic..🤭

    • gingersnaps says:

      Hahaha. I love your comment!

    • Julie says:

      Amazing!

    • Ader says:

      Ahhhahahahahaha! Golden.

      Who came up with the phrase “Broken Britain”?

      I mean, can you imagine: One day, Duchess Kate unveiled her program to the KP team. It’s filled with a bunch a pictures of black and brown children with the headline “Broken Children of Britain”….everyone is clapping and praising Kate, and then Meghan walks in, and is all: “Ummmmm, do you guys REALLY not realize how problematic this messaging is!?”

      TEARS!!!!!

  11. TheOriginalMia says:

    Wow! Wonderful intiative! They have truly been busy behind the scenes. Meghan’s connections are paying dividends. Well done, Harry & Oprah!

  12. Digital Unicorn says:

    This is great news and I can’t wait to see it.

    And yeah the RR are going to be butt hurt about not getting the scoop on this. Wonder how this will go down with the Cambridges, who have also made MH one of their big causes and haven’t done much. Me thinks Hazza is making good use of Megs HW contacts.

    Harry and Oprah interviewing is going to be a lot better than the awkward interview with William and Lady Gaga (who to her credit made it watchable).

    • V says:

      None of them has done much,really. I appreciate the initial approach of “reducing the stigma” but after years,it’s still the only thing they have to say. We see all these group discussion where they are like “let’s discuss mental health!” And after they leave,it’s not clear what they were talking about or trying to achieve. It’s true for the Cambridges and it’s true for many H&M’s engagements (notably some pointless engagements during the tour and during their recent visits).
      Talking about Harry,what I find valuable is his support to veterans’ associations dealing with mental health,because I really think his name has been instrumental to raise funds and draw attention to a cause that is often overlooked. But it’s really just that. What they have done with the royal foundation seems extremely confused and lacking focus in my opinion.

      • sunny says:

        I think this is a good point V. However, reducing the stigma at this point is still a huge part of moving the issue forward. I work in social justice/specifically poverty reduction(tied closely to mental health) and one of the major issues that are seen is beyond access to care, and type of care received is the deep social stigma around these issues which has often not only a social but financial cost.

  13. Weaver says:

    Stay tuned for an article detailing how the queen slapped Meghan after Meghan demanded a diamonds, furs and an In & Out burger flown in from Los Angeles.

    • Mego says:

      Yep. I noticed a reworking of the story on the Daily Express that it was a necklace, not tiara, that Meghan demanded. Tiara? Necklace? Get your fake planted stories straight.

    • MA says:

      Yeah, the Queen hates Meghan so much that she invited her to Sandringham when she was a fiancee, gave her 2 of her prestigious patronages, earrings from her private collection, a gorgeous tiara to wear, and an exclusive ride on the royal train that no one’s ever been on before along with a full day of engagements with her. I mean, obviously we’re paying attention and know it’s bs but I wonder how much the general public believe it’s true?

  14. Toot says:

    This announcement is why William went to be 007. He wanted to try and have some exciting news out too.

  15. guest says:

    This is amazing. Also did you see butthurt Russell myers on twitter pretty much trashing this. He works for the dm so expect a long right up about throwing shade.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      I have quit reading the Daily Fail for anything except BREXSHIT coverage.

    • Original Jenns says:

      He quoted Kensington Place as having made the statements, and when someone said, Not KP, he replied that their (Sussex) office isn’t set up yet, so it still is. Interesting… Anything to keep credit where it’s not due.

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        Yes it is, I firmly believe that if the Cambridges had known about this in advance they would have pushed themselves in making sure they were front and centre. Esp Kate as this is allegedly her main area of ‘interest’.

        The fact that it went via Instagram is telling, although KP has previous for releasing stuff on SM cutting out the RR’s.

        Kinda makes you wonder WHO in the Sussex team is managing it, it might not be the KP SM person but maybe Meghan herself or an assistant. Or someone from Buckingham Palace.

    • bonobochick says:

      I caught that saltiness on twitter. It’s such a bad look on him (and other royal reporters) but 100% unsurprising.

      • Lorelei says:

        Most of the RRs are stunningly juvenile, petty and unprofessional. Omid is the one exception, but most of the (verified) people who have spoken out in defense of Meghan aren’t technically “royal reporters.”

        Emily Andrews and Richard Palmer are the worst, IMO, but they’re all pretty bad. They need to throw them all out and just start over.

    • MA says:

      Loved his faux concern for the “British taxpayer” and then a bunch of Brits jumped in praising this project lol.

  16. Elisa says:

    That sounds wonderful, well done!

  17. Iknow says:

    This is how you use your fame for your causes. This is how you make an arcane institution modern and relevant. The Cambridges are the future of the Crown… full stop, but it will do them some good to actually embrace the Sussexes more modern way of using their royal titles for good.

  18. BayTampaBay says:

    ” I still believe that Oprah didn’t really know Meghan, but when the royal engagement came out, Oprah befriended Doria Ragland.”

    This is what I always believed and glad someone else believes it too. People kept scratching their heads and asking “What is Oprah doing at this wedding” but I always thought it was due to Doria Ragland. Oprah has a history of reaching out to people that may need her advice and expertise when they suddenly become famous or infamous. Phil Donahue did the same thing with Ryan White and the Ryan White family.

    Than again, maybe Doria reached out to Oprah and Oprah said, “Sure! Come on over for the weekend and let’s talk.”.

    • Mego says:

      We don’t really know. It was weird she had a primo seat but I wondered if her presence was due to her being such an accomplished and influential woc who Meghan would surely admire. I believe they share similar values for sure.

      • Becks1 says:

        I don’t think you can put Oprah in the back.

        I know I say this a lot, but one of my favorite moments of the whole wedding broadcast was Oprah walking up with her invitation – she went to two ushers/guards/whatever they were and tried to show them and they were both like “yeah you’re good” lol.

      • Wisca says:

        I love this Becks1!

      • notasugarhere says:

        That was a funny moment.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        Maybe she was given a primo seat because (I very much think) it would look very bad if Doria was the only WOC to have a VIP seat. Maybe Oprah was just there to lend Doria support if she needed it. Doria did not seem to need any support. On take I got from the wedding broadcast was that Doria seems to get on very well with Chucky & Cammie, My opinion of Chucky & Cammie went up about 10 points after the wedding/

      • notasugarhere says:

        You seem to be forgetting Prince Seeiso and Princess Mabereng of Lesotho, Janina Gavankar, Amal Clooney, and Serena Williams. All in prominent seats in the quire.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        Sorry notasugarhere, I did not remember those guest because I do not remember seeing them on TV. I was doing laundry with the TV “on” in the back ground for Megs & Harry wedding. Had a breakfast party for Eugenie’s wedding.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Interesting.

      • solidgolddancer says:

        @baytampabay weird comment…..

      • BayTampaBay says:

        @solidgolddancer, Sorry if my comment sounded weird. What I meant to say is that I had the TV on for all the coverage of the wedding but did not sit and watch all the coverage of the wedding as I was in and out of the TV room working on laundry. I did not see all the guest enter the church that were covered on TV. The only guest I do remember are the ones I actually got to view entering the church on TV.

        For Eugenie’s wedding I got to watch the whole start to finish because I invited three friends over to my house to have a watch party with breakfast serving expensive coffee and french pastries. Eugenie deserved the best so laundry be damned! LOL!

    • Lady D says:

      Doria and Oprah have attended the same church for over 20 years. This news was all over the place shortly after learning Oprah was attending the wedding.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      Read in a Tatler article posted mid-morning today that Harry & Oprah “have know each other for some time”. My guess is that they meet through the Obama’s

    • Princessk says:

      I agree. I don’t think that Oprah knew Meghan or Doria but she stepped in to show her support when she noticed how the media were trying to tear Meghan and her mother to shreds and decided that they needed a powerful ally and it was going to be her, especially as the RF were not doing enough to stop the onslaught. You should have seen the way Oprah swept into the Church, her body language said ‘nobody messes with us’…and ‘we are not going to be intimidated by the British Royal Family, even in Windsor’.

      I also believe that the Gayle woman was sent to the baby shower by Oprah.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        Gayle is Oprah’s best friend going back to when Oprah first moved to Chicago before she ever had her foot in any door let alone any type of success or fame.

        Gayle is also a host (presenter in UK) on the CBS This Morning show.

      • MrsBanjo says:

        “That Gayle woman…”

        Gayle is and has been Oprah’s best friend for DECADES. That information has been known for decades. What a horribly rude comment. Google is your friend.

      • Princessk says:

        I was not being rude, l just couldn’t think of the woman’s surname, and l didn’t bother to waste my time on google because l knew that you would be waiting in the wings to give me the answer. 😜

    • Laverdadduele says:

      Your comments are weird. Did you get lost from Royal Dish or the DM?

    • MA says:

      I thought it was reported that Doria and Oprah went to the same church.

  19. Hyacinth Bucket says:

    I thought Oprah and Doria has known each other for years through going to the same church?

    • Peg says:

      I see Doria as a strong black woman, that dances to her own beat.
      Where do yo think Meghan got the fortitude to deal with her crazy ass family and the media from.

    • Lady D says:

      I should have read one more comment, I just said the same thing. It was Oprah that mentioned they shared a church when she was being asked about attending the wedding.

      • Princessk says:

        They might possibly have in common that they had both attended the same Church at some point but that does not mean that they actually knew each other. But this was used as a cover for Oprah to develop a protective friendship with Doria because she wanted to show support and solidarity during a time when the world’s spotlight was on Doria and Meghan.

      • Lady D says:

        Nope, not what Oprah said at all. She spoke very warmly of Doria and mentioned the ventures they undertook together with the church. They are both long-term members, 20+ years, and they’ve known each other that long. Sorry, no cover required.

    • Mego says:

      I hadn’t heard that before. At the end of the day my thought is who wouldn’t want Oprah at their wedding if there was a chance she would come. Love her and Gayle too.

  20. lillibet says:

    First of all, props to Harry (and Meghan) for this project. This is the way you roll out something exciting and good for them – they continue to show their work to borrow a phrase from Lainey.

    Second of all, their instagram is fantastic. They and their team have done an excellent job with being engaging and informative, as well as being responsive and addressing the baby shower thing in a great way.

    Finally, I think it’s great (but also amusing), how well they are doing with their overall brand. Harry isn’t the direct heir but the way he is handling the role of being the spare is really excellent in my opinion. He and Meghan will remain relevant no matter what happens even when William is king and seem to be working to pave their own way forward in some ways that aren’t the traditional path. Good for them. Ultimately I think he is setting himself up not to be an irrelevant look at me pouty whiner like Andrew and I give him credit for this. It’s smart and I imagine it’s fulfilling. Personally I think that is what is missing from Will&Kate’s royal work – neither of them seem particularly fulfilled by what they do.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      The thing with William is that he is lazy and has always had people doing the hard work for him. Other people planned his wedding and was he grateful, no he whinged about them and the wedding prep in an interview. When he was at Uni he was known to hardly attend class, Kate would often go to his in his place and take notes for him. He’s never gotten above co-pilot as he’s too lazy to put in the flight hours etc.. to get to that level – he was part part part time at his air ambulance job.

      The point is that both he and Kate have long histories of being half arsed in anything they do. They will just find new ways to hide behind the work the Sussex’s do.

      • Megan says:

        Do we really need to make Harry’s moment all about William?

      • notasugarhere says:

        Yes, William and Kate are lifelong lazy. They and their PR are already trying to spin this as being from W&K, W&K’s idea, done on with their approval, etc.

        It is clear Harry and Meghan learned after Kate’s Broken Britain exclusive leaked to the DM three days before the Together Cookbook announcement. Keep it tight from all staff at KP and from W&K.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        I cannot believe that I am saying this but as far as all this laziness is concerned, (Bill & Cathy do appear to be lazy) I would love to hear the Cambridge side of the story. Very few Royals anywhere in the world work or worked as hard as QEII, Prince Philip, Chucky or Anne so maybe my comparisons of my idea of hard working royals to the Cambridge’s is unfair.

      • Sharon Lea says:

        Lillibet – “…from Will&Kate’s royal work – neither of them seem particularly fulfilled by what they do.” That is exactly how it appears to me too, from their faces, their words, the time in between visits or patronages, I don’t see it.

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        @Bay – Look toward the European royals, particularly the Swedish RF. CP Victoria and her husband Daniel work far far more than our future King. The Cambridges are senior royals and they are expected to work more than the Sussex’s, the Wessex’s, the Yorks, Princess Anne etc..

        IIRC, William made a comments to the press that he does not intend to be as busy a Monarch/Royal as his Grandmother/Father and his current workload won’t increase much as he moves up the chain. He doesn’t want people to have expectations of him and his family.

      • V says:

        Sure,the Cambridges are lazy,lazy.. Just asking: is Harry now the new standard for the “royal hard work”,which isn’t real work by any normal standard in any case?
        No,because as far as I know,Harry should be categorized as more work shy than his lazy,lazy brother,based on his actual number. And this past year he even had a whole tour.

      • notasugarhere says:

        From Hello. Number of days royals have worked public engagements in the first three months of 2019

        14 Kate
        15 Andrew
        16 Meghan
        16 Queen
        17 Edward
        17 William
        22 Harry
        28 Camilla
        35 Charles
        45 Anne

        William spending three weeks pestering security forces for a photo op vs. Harry spending months working with Oprah to co-produce a documentary series about mental health.

      • Mejia says:

        William made Pilot in command in 2012. He did rise above co pilot. As far as Kate sitting in class for him on University I would have to see proof of that. I think before we attack people we should at least get our facts correct.

    • MA says:

      I saw an interesting comment that Harry and Meghan appear to be making big moves according to a 5-10 year plan. They appear to know that their time is limited until the Cambridge kids grow up and seem to be taking full advantage of their huge platform while they have it. Nothing in Harry’s past behavior or comments lead me to believe that, like Andrew, he cares about recognition of being a BLOOD ROYAL and wouldn’t mind fading to the background and focusing on his family/private endeavors without the insane media spotlight.

      • notasugarhere says:

        I’m sure they have a plan but unsure about the 5-10 year part. If W&K’s kids are as reluctant to work as their parents? We won’t see them out doing royal engagements for 30 years. Yes, there will be increasing interest in them in the tabloids, but those kid won’t be working royals for a very long time.

      • MA says:

        Oh yes, for sure. To clarify, I meant 5-10 years of being the main stars and getting the most publicity in the family–hence this sense that everything they do is with a huge bang and they’re wasting no time in striking while the iron is hot. But they’ll be vitally important working royals for, at the very least, the next 25 years (likely longer).

  21. Sash says:

    This is a great initiative. Anything to do with the education of proper mental health treatment and services is so important.

  22. guest says:

    The roll out of this is amazing. I’m glad harry is doing this. It’s funny kind of that just a few months ago 007 william said celebs didn’t want to help out with heads together because of stigma. Well…🙃

  23. Cady says:

    Um, you aware “Micheal B. Jordon” isn’t…..actually him, right?

  24. Casey20 says:

    Ok after reading your post today, I need a moment! All I will say is the HATE will be coming full force. So proud of PH and Meghan, way to make a difference!!! Tim App!e…LMAO!!

  25. Lisa says:

    Excellent news.

  26. sunny says:

    This is really great. Harry has really come into his own over the last 5 years, and since maturing and settling down he is working more. You can tell he and Megan both value their platform and are interested in really championing their issues where they can.

    I love their insta- their team has done a fantastic job giving more information/context around the issues that they are working to support. I am interested to see what he chooses to do next.

  27. RoyalBlue says:

    I also felt that Meghan and Oprah never had a relationship before the wedding. My theory of her invite was because she was one of the larger benefactors of their wedding registry charities. She, Clooney and the other biggies.

    • letsjustsay says:

      I think they played 2 role. it’s a pay to play relationship everyone can see that cause they don’t have not even one connection before the wedding. Meghan could have at least mention them on her blog or even interview them . They had the seat that they had at the wedding because 1). it was about future relationship like we have right now with this project and Amal getting award name after her. 2) They tell high society that Meghan was about to enter in and got rejected by. “See she is not a nobody look who her “friends” are.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        @letsjustsay, Great theory.

      • RoyalBlue says:

        Spot on!

      • MrsBanjo says:

        It was mentioned ages ago that Doria and Oprah go to the same church and have done for years. This isn’t an out of the blue association.

      • letsjustsay says:

        Sure Jane. If Meghan with her networking skills and when she was trying to promote her blog and lifestyle brand had any connection to Oprah someone who is all about lifestyle brand we would have known about it. just like we know about Serena being her friend for ages and she had no problem broadcasting it. i’m not buying this church PR spin.

      • Margaritas For Breakfast says:

        Oprah is a billionaire with access to anyone she wants contact with. She would not have had to know Meghan at all in order to work on a media project with Harry. Harry and the Obamas seem to be friends. Oprah is also a friend of the Obamas. It’s likely Oprah just wanted to help Doria adjust to her daughter’s new global type of fame. Oprah is a sort of Grande Dame to many younger people and she has taken many young people under her wing including Jennifer Hudson, Beyonce to a certain extent and Tyler Perry. Oprah has nothing to gain from royal adjacent status. In many circles Oprah holds her own court.

    • Bren says:

      When Lupita N’yongo was on the award show circuit in 2014, Oprah invited Lupita’s mother and brother to her California ranch for lunch. When the news came out that Doria had lunch with Oprah at the ranch, I immediately thought it was the same scenario. Also, who in their right mind would ever turn down a lunch date with Oprah on her ranch? Anyhow, I think Oprah showering Doria with kindness during a stressful time leading up to the wedding was how she scored an invite to the wedding which led to this new collaboration with Harry. I don’t think Doria, Meghan or Harry had a relationship with Oprah prior to last year.

  28. Chaine says:

    Oprah plays the long game! And so does Harry.

  29. Sassy says:

    Hollywood isn’t that big it’s small it isn’t surprising to see famous people regardless of the level of fame know each other.

  30. Allison says:

    Maybe O will get the first interview with them after the baby. Put Meghan and her child on the cover of the magazine. That would be amazing.

  31. JadedBrit says:

    Excellent news! What more can one say than – Oprah!!
    -On a side, wry note, revisited this clip earlier and it subliminally triggered Will/Kate/Rose’s ongoing sulkage-a-trois: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ivsb79-h90

  32. Casey20 says:

    All please note the British Media is stating that KP announced vs DoS and mentions the Cambridges in their press releases. So looks like the Sussex’s surprised them again because they focus on BS and somehow they want to give PW and Kate credit. So if anyone was wondering why William has been upset with Harry…keep an eye on what PH&M do vs WK…..substance vs. fluff! The world will love the Sussex’s the Brits will HATE THEM… just watch their response around this announcement.

    • TheOriginalMia says:

      Are you serious? Unbelievable!

      Omid said they were in the preproduction stage and that Oprah had been to London in March to meet with Harry.

      https://twitter.com/scobie/status/1115927754858553346?s=21

      • 90sgirl says:

        Omid was tweeting last week about the Oprah project. He just couldn’t say more until official unveil.

        I think Omid is one of the few who actually gets a bit of info early, concerning the Sussex’s, he may not report it until the time it’s official , but he does leave hints.

    • Nic919 says:

      I believe Kate has come up with the name of the documentary.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Yeah I noticed that too, that the Cambridge’s were being shoe horned into what is clearly a Harry led initiative and thus implying that they r involved when clearly they have not. If they were involved the announcement would have come straight from KP and via the RRs who r not happy that it went out via SM and then via Oprah’s PR machine.

      • Vanessa says:

        It’s amazing how Kensington palace think people are stupid that we can see what they are doing William and Kate have nothing to do with projects. This was all Harry and Meghan just like the cookbook was all Meghan it’s seem to me that Kensington And Cambridge don’t want to put in the work they rather just take credit for something that Harry and Meghan do and shoehorn their way into the narrative to make themselves seem a part of a project that they have nothing to do with. It’s become clearly to me that Kensington palace push the Fab Four agenda because they knew William and Kate wouldn’t put in the work like Meghan and Harry Can and will . If it wasn’t for Meghan and Harry instagram account everyone would think the Cambridge have something to do with this project and that’s what Kensington palace wants everyone to think even if it’s not true.

      • TheOriginalMia says:

        KP is doing the most to snatch this from Harry, but it’s not going to happen. Not with Oprah flat out saying this came from a convo between the two of them. This isn’t a Royal Foundation or Heads Together intiative. This is the Duke of Sussex. KP/Jason/William/RR can F right on off with that mess.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        “can F right on off with that mess.”

        LOVE THIS COMMENT!

      • Mego says:

        There will be paternalist articles making reference to how William “approved of this” or “was aware and had input” to spin that Heis somehow connected I’m sure.

    • Tina says:

      Pretty much no one here cares about the Sussexes enough to hate them. Why is it so hard for you to type, the “British media” instead of “the Brits”? It’s not even all the British media.

      • Margaritas For Breakfast says:

        Because we have all encountered a lot of Brits online that seem to have hateful thoughts to spew about Meghan. YouTube is full of hateful women who claim to be British. With that said Many middle aged American Women have been psychotic about Meghan too.

      • Tina says:

        Many of the commenters on the DM who claim to be British aren’t. Their use of the English language gives them away. And in any event, I don’t assume that the psychotic 20 mostly American and Canadian women who are mostly responsible for the online abuse are representative of the entire North American population, so please don’t assume the same for the UK.

  33. Lolli says:

    Great news Mr and Mrs Love and your new baby when it comes. Keeping shinging bright like a diamond forever, no tiara, no jewellery no problem. Meg you fo not need colonial loot to stand out. You eith born with goodness or worklesness. And we know you and haz is a gem in this universe.

  34. Lolli says:

    Great news Mr and Mrs Love and your new baby when it comes. Keeping shining bright like a diamond forever, no tiara, no jewellery no problem. Meg you do not need colonial loots to stand out. You either born with goodness or worklesness. And we know you and haz are a gem in this universe. Let the petty Betty keep her loots and waity keep on waiting.

  35. RoyalBlue says:

    So proud of the Sussexes. I get why they are faced with resistance, because change is difficult for some to accept. I am thrilled that Charles and the Queen have granted them their own office and space and their new communications staff is putting the focus on the right areas.

    Meanwhile at KP, 00 Willy is still playing James Bond and Kate is laying low till the cheating gossip wears off.

    • 90sgirl says:

      +1

    • BayTampaBay says:

      I do not think the cheating gossip is going to wear down anytime soon as there are many people, I am the first in line, that want the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth regarding “Turnip Toffgate”.

      • RoyalBlue says:

        Oooh. You do?

        Looks like someone wanted to change the narrative around the Cambridges from “perfect family who never puts a foot wrong” to “messy, messy, messy”. Do NOT cross the Turnip Toffs or they will leak the truth.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        @RoyalBlue, Yes I do! If you have the dirt, I will gladly foot the bill for us to have High Tea at the Ritz. By-the-way, that is the Ritz in Naples, Florida! LOL! LOL!

    • Mego says:

      Kate is laying low because she has worked 14 days so far this year and is exhausted. She should be heading to Mustique soon for a much needed vacation.

  36. B says:

    This is really smart of Harry and Megan to partner with Oprah- the only person in the world that might have more influence then Oprah is Michelle but honestly if Oprah puts her name on it, its gold. So I think this will be a great way to make people empathize and understand mental health better.

    I also really appreciate that they are doing more of a fluff thing vs actual policy. The royals aren’t experts and so I would rather they use their influence to draw attention to experts, policies and get people to understand then try to actually make policies.

    So hopefully Apple pulls there sh*t together and gets this streaming site going. They have been talking about it so long and have so many great shows planned but like when will it launch?

  37. guest says:

    I love how the royal reporters had no idea. See if they weren’t such a holes then maybe they could get some scoops.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      IMHO: Royal Reporters do not want a scoop. Royal Reporters, most of then that is, want to control the narrative.

  38. topsy says:

    Good on Harry! This is what happens when you actually do some work.

    I have to admit that I don’t know how seriously to take a project that involves BOTH Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Anniston. How lightweight can you get? But anything that promotes TALKING about mental illness is a good thing. The stigma has to be removed and people need to feel free to talk about their mental health issues.

    I’d like to think that Doria had something to do with bringing Oprah and Harry together. Imagine an in-law that keeps herself to herself, doesn’t try to profit from her connection and actually does something positive. The Royal Family needs more Black in-laws.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      I could be wrong, and if I am I apologize in advance, but IIRC I read somewhere that Jennifer Anniston’s mother suffered from mental illness.

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        I think Aniston’s mother had some sort of personality disorder, Jennifer has spoken about her difficult relationship with her mother and how her mother made her feel that she was never good enough or pretty enough to be her daughter. Jennifer said thats why she really wanted to make Dumpling – it mirrored her own experiences with her mother.

        As for Witherspoon, her ex Ryan Philleppe, has struggled with addiction for years and is currently involved in a domestic violence lawsuit with a playmate model who says he was violent toward her while on drugs. So I can see why she is involved in this.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        Digital Unicorn, Thanks for googling so I did not have too! I new Witherspoon had some connection to mental health issues but could not remember how.

      • topsy says:

        @Digital Unicorn: I’m not a fan of either woman so I don’t know much about either one. I remember that Aniston was estranged from her mother and Reese Witherspoon threatened to get a police officer fired when her husband was pulled over for drunk driving. I still think they’re lightweights but it’s nice to know they won’t be on the series to give tips about doing your hair.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      Deleted! Stupid computer.

  39. Alexandria says:

    The one thing I like about Harry is that his own initiatives are well known and established. Everyone is aware that Harry is involved with Invictus, Sentebale / Heads Together. Everyone knows Charles’ The Prince’s Trust.

    William…Heads Together and something about ivory conservation and overpopulation lol.

  40. Jaded says:

    It’s clear that H&M are distancing themselves from W&K even in a joint initiative like this series. They are truly nose-to-the-grindstone people and don’t simply faff around talking about it but actually doing something solid. This is a big win for them and I very much doubt Meghan will be taking a long mat leave like Duchess Sloth…with her TV experience she’ll be the job with the baby in tow.

    • Bluthfan says:

      It’s not a joint initiative. This is Harry and Oprah. I have no idea why the Royal Reporters are trying to give credit to the Cambridges for something they have nothing to do with.

      • Jaded says:

        I was referring to the whole Mental Health initiative that Wm and Harry. Kate and Meghan are involved in, not the actual series Harry and Meghan are doing with Oprah, which must be making the Cambridges seethe.

  41. Sharon Lea says:

    Oprah, on CBS this morning, mentioned Prince Harry being an Executive Producer for this series! She said she flew to London for lots of meetings with him. Harry is so far ahead of William on the world stage, he really is. Between this, his friendship with Obama and the Invictus Games, major props to the 2nd son.

    • Princessk says:

      Interesting, because before all this came out l found out through the grapevine that Oprah has been in London, visiting places including an art gallery. Initially l thought that it was strange that it was not reported in the media, and then l just thought that it was probably a private visit. Now l know she must have been in London to see Harry, and Meghan.😊

  42. Bluthfan says:

    Good for Harry. He really uses his platform to do more than just be a patron for charities. He’s built 2 large organizations to deliver help to people (Invictus and Setenable). And now this project. I feel like he is doing projects that will have a long-term impact on people’s lives. He’s like his father in that way. William could take a page out of his book.

  43. RoyalBlue says:

    Jokey comment on DM. A poster was extremely upset by the announcement and claims H&M are stealing Kate’s idea. They said this is her project.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      If you think the Daily Fail commentariat is bad, you should head over to the “Harry Markle” site. You ain’t read nothing yet!

      Warning!: Have a trash can or barf bag handy.

    • MA says:

      I saw a few people on Instagram upset about this on behalf of Head’s Together or the Cambridges. I mean, it’s not even about the Cambridges. It’s about mental health and all efforts should be appreciated. It’s telling that some Cambridge stans care more about their faves’ PR than the good this could produce for society.

      I couldn’t care less if Cambridges started their own equivalent to #GlobalSussexBabyShower because the end result would be increased donations to charities in dire need of help. Can you imagine a doctor being pissed that another doctor joined their hospital and took on a load of patients? Or pet adopters being mad that their neighbor is also adopting a dog? Can’t relate.

  44. Jumpingthesnark says:

    This is good! also, Oprah has been addressing mental health issues publicly since she started her show in the late 80s, and she had a huge positive effect in the US on people being educated about the issues , wanting to talk about them, and reconsidering old ways of thinking about mental health . So much for “Normal Bill’s” ignorant statement about celebrities not wanting to talk publicly about mental health. Nice that she is working with Harry on this, I’ve always gotten the feeling that Oprah doesn’t suffer fools lightly, maybe another reason why she is working with Harry and not Will on this.

  45. Jumpingthesnark says:

    This is good! also, Oprah has been addressing mental health issues publicly since she started her show in the late 80s, and she had a huge positive effect in the US on people being educated about the issues , wanting to talk about them, and reconsidering old ways of thinking about mental health . So much for “Normal Bill’s” ignorant statement about celebrities not wanting to talk publicly about mental health. Nice that she is working with Harry on this, I’ve always gotten the feeling that Oprah doesn’t suffer fools lightly.

  46. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    I know Mehgan will be criticized by racists for being too “Hollywood” but if you want to raise awareness about ANYTHING, attaching Oprah to it is one of the most effective things you can do. People who know what they are doing know that. Good for Meghan and Harry.

  47. Weaver says:

    What is People obsession with pinpointing Meghan’s connections with her wedding guests like the Clooneys or Oprah? Typically people invited to the wedding are friends and family of the bride or groom. It’s safe to say that if Meghan didn’t know someone they were likely friends of Harry. It would also make since that Meghan would subsequently become friends with her husbands friends.

  48. Betsy says:

    I try not repeat myself on this too often, but I wish there were some way Harry, and not William, would ascend to the throne. Harry and Meghan definitely enjoy the Royal perqs, but they seem to do the work, too, and they seem to relish doing the work. Frankly, I think they will even do more, including Meghan, in the coming year and will only not go full bore (whatever “full bore” looks like for Royals) at the behest of the Queen and Chuck so as not to show up William further.

    • Princessk says:

      What royal perks do you think Harry and Meghan actually really enjoy?

      • Betsy says:

        Palaces, clothing, vacations to places most of us could only dream of, work trips to put most of us to shame, access…. I don’t live in England. I don’t care that they get these things because they seem to do the amount of work required to “earn” them. Will and Kate? Not so much.

    • Margaritas For Breakfast says:

      I like that Harry is not in danger of inheriting the throne. He is free to use his engaging personality and enthusiasm to delve into all sorts of projects that will eventually benefit Britain on King Charles and King William’s behalf. Harry would be stifled by the throne. He is doing a great job of showing how a person not expected to amount to much can reinvent themselves and shine in their element. Go Hazza!

  49. Flying fish says:

    And all this while the Cambridges are on yet another vacation!

  50. Anare says:

    And right there my friends is the reason why we keep reading all the rude Megan bashing headlines. I am more convinced every day that someone, not naming any names (Bill and Kathy) is desperate to put a lid on the Sussexes bc they are just too spot on. Too beautiful. Too fun and fashionable. Too righteous. I mean honestly look at that photo of Harry crouching down as low as he can to have a perfect little chat with a 5 year old girl. It’s so cute I’m dying. The new mental health initiative with Apple and Oprah. My stars! It’s like God, Jesus and Mother Theresa teaming up. Somewhere Diana is looking down and smiling. Love this! Harry, Megan and Oprah for the win!

  51. Margaritas For Breakfast says:

    Because we have all encountered a lot of Brits online that seem to have hateful thoughts to spew about Meghan. YouTube is full of hateful women who claim to be British. With that said Many middle aged American Women have been psychotic about Meghan too.