A TV project involving Prince Harry and talkshow queen Oprah Winfrey on the subject of mental health has been delayed - according to reports. The 36-year-old Prince and the 66-year-old American chatshow legend had been planning to release a series together via Apple +.
Reports about the project have been circulating for two years, however, the project has been repeatedly delayed - with now only vague plans for when it will finally make it to air. The show was originally supposed to stream on Apple in Autumn 2020, but now the series allegedly isn’t expected to begin filming until later this year.
According to The Sun: “No firm release date has yet been announced”. While the report goes on to suggest the coronavirus pandemic, Prince Harry’s decision to quit Royal life and move to the USA have “slowed down” plans. A show insider has claimed that updates about the series have been kept under wraps because: “delays never look good.”
The Sun’s report also gave the vague timing of “Spring” for when filming might get underway. The series was first revealed in April 2019, with Prince Harry due to: “serve as co-creator and executive producer for the series.” A Sussex Royal Instagram post said at the time: “We are excited to announce 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.”
Since then, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, have signed multi-million-pound deals to make content for streaming service Netflix and music and podcast service Spotify. The first podcast created by the royal couple was released last week and saw the duo interview Sir Elton John and James Corden as part of the show.