Just because Prince Harry is a royal, that doesn’t mean he can shirk some of his more mundane day-to-day duties. Although, to be fair, there’s nothing mundane about teaming up with Oprah Winfrey on a new Apple docuseries about mental health that’s set to launch in 2020.
Oprah was honored at The Hollywood Reporter’s inaugural Empowerment in Entertainment Gala on Tuesday and talked to E! News a bit about her partnership with the Duke of Sussex.
“We’re excited to be exploring it together. He’s a true partner,” she told E! News’ Melanie Bromley.
Being a “true partner” means communicating on a regular basis and it turns out that Prince Harry is happy to oblige. Not even awaiting his royal baby with Meghan Marklewill stop the 34-year-old from getting back to Oprah and collaborating on their project. As it turns out, Oprah and Meghan are friends (she was at the royal wedding!) and Oprah also believes that the Duchess of Sussex is “being portrayed unfairly.”
When asked if Prince Harry is a decent communicator and hits “reply” on his royal email account, Oprah confirmed, “Yes, he does answer emails.”
Especially when they’re from Oprah!
“Every week we do a weekly update letting him know where we are, directors we’ve spoken to, how many people we’re planning on bringing on board and what we’re thinking of naming it,” she explained.
She continued, “He weighs in. He always has something to say about everything.”
“The only way to be empowered comes from my favorite definition by Gary Zukav’s book The Seat of the Soul,” she said. “Authentic is power. Authentic, the only kind that really lasts, is when you align your personality with what your soul actually came to do. So being able to use your personality to serve the higher calling of your purpose and your soul and you mesh those two, that’s when nobody can touch you. That’s when you are in your unique power moment.”
Those are some words to live by.
“I truly believe that good mental health – mental fitness – is the key to powerful leadership, productive communities and a purpose-driven self,” he said. “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.”
He concluded his note by saying he was “incredibly proud to be working alongside Oprah on this vital series.”
Oprah even commented on the post and wrote, “Delighted to be partnering with you. Hope we shed a lot of Light. And change some lives!”
He revealed to The Telegraph‘s Bryony Gordon, “I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and sort of lies and misconceptions and everything are coming to you from every angle.”
Prince Harry also said learning how to box “really saved” him and helped with aggression.
The Empowerment in Entertainment event “honors those who have created opportunities for people of color, women, members of the LGBTQ community and other emerging voices in the industry,” and it was fitting that Oprah be the one to receive the first-ever award.
Other stars at the event included Caitlyn Jenner Selena Gomez, Alicia Keys, Ciara and Kumail Nanjiani.
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Oprah gave a rousing speech at the Empowerment in Entertainment gala and said that she was proud that people are “stepping into our power to make a lasting impact on the next generations.”
She said, “I stand here today, feeling more empowered than ever before. I come as one and I stand as 10,000, grateful beyond words to look around this room and know that we are all here to fulfill the dreams of those who came before us. We are here not merely to bear witness, but to be the new voices of an extraordinary new age.”