Last week saw the Duke of Sussex and Oprah Winfrey’s mental health docuseries, The Me You Can’t See, debut on Apple TV+. As well as delving into the experiences of a number of starry names, like Lady Gaga, Glenn Close, NBA player DeMar DeRozan and celebrity chef Rashad Armstead, the co-creators offered insights into their own mental health journeys – with Prince Harry delving into personal areas like childhood trauma, drinking and drug use, and his experiences in therapy. Now, a week on from the series’ original air date, a virtual follow-up discussion is set to air on Friday 28 May, titled The Me You Can’t See: A Path Forward.
A statement released to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Archewell website on 26 May began: ‘When we hear others’ stories, it empowers us to share our own. And The Me You Can’t See, Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey’s new critically acclaimed, multipart docuseries, is doing just that: inspiring people worldwide to share their stories and talk openly about issues of mental health and emotional well-being.’
It went on to announce that co-creators and executive producers Harry and Oprah ‘will be hosting a town hall, The Me You Can’t See: A Path Forward, to continue that global conversation’, reuniting ‘with participants and experts from the series for a thought-provoking, wide-ranging discussion to build on their initial conversations around mental health and well-being’ – with the aim of answering ‘the critical question: Where do we go from here?’
Returning to appear in the ‘insightful and expansive’ discussion will be series participants Glenn Close, mental health advocate Zak Williams (the son of the late comedian Robin Williams), and author and counselor Ambar Martinez, along with the members of The Me You Can’t See advisory board. The board is made up of 14 mental health professionals, including Alain de Botton, professors from Harvard Medical School and the NYU School of Medicine, and suicide prevention researchers.
The MailOnline reports that following the debut of The Me You Can’t See last Friday, Apple cited the series as driving a 25 per cent rise in new viewers on its streaming platform, plus more than a 40 per cent increase in average weekend viewership in the UK. The news outlet adds that Apple stated that the new discussion, produced by Oprah’s company Harpo Productions, would land ‘very early in the morning’ on 28 May.
There were a number of revelations in the docuseries: such as the Duke’s memories of his mother, the late Diana, Princess of Wales, and her struggles in the spotlight; his difficulties coping with his grief in the public eye following her death; and his response to his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, when she was suffering with suicidal thoughts during her time as a working royal.
With Harry expected to return to the UK in just over a month for the unveiling of a statue of his late mother (commemorating what would have been her 60th birthday on 1 July), the Duke may well offer further insights into his thoughts on his former royal life in the conversation tomorrow.
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