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Prince Harry announces an unlikely new gig, and it's with Oprah Winfrey

The Duke of Sussex is teaming up with the talk show queen for a very worthy cause.

By Jess Pullar
Prince Harry is already well known as a confident and comedic personality - a recipe for talk show success, some might say.
So it's just as well then that he's now teaming up with the talk show queen herself, Oprah Winfrey, for a cause that's worthy of their every effort.
Just before the birth of Harry and Meghan Markle's royal baby, it has been revealed that Prince Harry and Oprah have been busy at work developing a huge new project, and it's safe to say we couldn't be more excited for it.
Prince Harry and Oprah are teaming up for a worthy cause. (Image: Getty)
Taking to the official Sussex Royal Instagram account on Thursday, April 10, the palace announced:
"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 post was accompanied by a quote from the Prince himself, who said: "I truly believe that good mental health - mental fitness - is key to powerful leadership, productive communities and purpose-driven self.
"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 ended by saying he was "incredibly proud" to be working with Oprah on the series.
Oprah commented on the post shortly after it was posted, responding to Harry's clear passion for the project.
"Delighted to be partnering with you. Hope we shed a lot of light. And change some lives!" she wrote.
Oprah is a long-standing friend of the Sussexes. (Image: Getty)
The multi-part documentary is set to focus on both mental illness and wellness, with an aim to incite viewers to have "honest conversations" about their challenges.
The official statement read that the series would build off Harry's long-standing work in raising awareness and help for those suffering mental health issues.
"He has candidly shared personal experience and advocated for those who silently suffer, empowering them to get the help and support they deserve."
Prince Harry has been open about his own struggles with mental health in the past, telling The Telegraph in 2017 that for two years, his life was in "total chaos".
"I just couldn't put my finger on it. I just didn't know what was wrong with me."
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Meanwhile, Oprah has long been known as a close friend of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, having attended their wedding back in May 2018, as well as striking up a friendship with Meghan's mum Doria Ragland, who is based in LA.
Oprah has given some insight into the friendship herself - in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, she revealed that Doria had come to her house where they had discussed doing yoga together.
There's also been talks of a new interview between the pair - something we'll keep our fingers crossed for!
But until then, we'll have Oprah and Harry's new series to look forward to.
The documentary series will launch on Apple in 2020.

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