'The Me You Can't See: A Path Forward' creators Prince Harry and Oprah to reunite for new conversation on mental health
Lady Gaga and Glenn Close will also feature in the town hall-style virtual event
Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey are to revisit their documentary about mental health with an online town hall-style conversation, Apple TV+ said on Wednesday.
The Me You Can't See brought a 25 per cent increase in new viewers to the streaming platform, it revealed.
The one-off online event, called The Me You Can't See: A Path Forward, will be broadcast on Friday, and will feature some of those who were interviewed in the documentary, including actress Glenn Close and pop star Lady Gaga, who spoke about the trauma of a rape that left her pregnant at aged 19.
It will also reunite the health experts, athletes and others who opened up about their depression, schizophrenia and anxiety in the series.
Apple TV+ said the original documentary, in which Prince Harry spoke at length about the trauma of his mother's death and his concern for his wife, Meghan, recorded an increase of 40 per cent in average weekend viewership in the UK last week.
The series also came out a day after the release of an independent inquiry in Britain that found a BBC journalist used falsified documents to land a sensational 1995 sit-down interview with Princess Diana.
Prince Harry was 12 when he and his brother, Prince William, walked behind their mother’s coffin under the gaze of thousands of mourners and the world’s media.
“For me, the thing I remember the most was the sound of the horses' hooves going along the pavement. Along The Mall, the red-brick road. By this point I was, both of us were, in shock," he says in the show. "It was like I was outside of my body.
“Showing one tenth of the emotion that everybody else was showing. I thought, ‘This is my mum. You never even met her’.”
Prince Harry also discussed his struggles with anxiety, therapy and coping techniques.
He told the Associated Press while promoting the show that he felt compelled to discuss his struggles in the hopes it will help other people.
“I see it as a responsibility. I don’t find it hard to open up,” he said. “Knowing the impacts and the positive reaction that it has for so many people that also suffer, I do believe it’s a responsibility.”
The Me You Can't See was also widely watched in Canada, Australia, Germany, Brazil and other territories, Apple said.
The project marked Prince Harry's first foray into television production since he and Meghan quit their royal duties and moved to California in 2020.
It is not clear whether Prince Harry will speak more about his mental health in the coming event.
– Additional reporting by Reuters and AP
Updated: May 26, 2021 07:21 PM