In March, talk show host Oprah Winfrey interviewed the UK’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, in what became a conversation centered on mental health and race.
Recently, Harry and Winfrey released a new documentary series which focuses on mental health.
Winfrey defended Harry and Meghan against the criticisms they received after requesting privacy.
“So, I think being able to have a life that you are not intruded upon by photographers, or people flying overhead, or invading your life, is what every person wants and deserves – to not to be intruded and invaded upon,” Winfrey stated adding, “privacy doesn’t mean silence.”
Earlier in March, Harry opened up about why he stepped back from his princely duties to the British royal family, whereas Meghan detailed the treatment she experienced upon joining the family, dealing with the media spotlight and the effect it had on her mental health.
“I understood what had happened to them, and I wanted the rest of the world to come away being able to answer the question, ‘Why did they leave?’ And I think by the time that interview was done, people understood,” Winfrey said.
Reactions to the statements had been harsh, especially from the British royal family after it was revealed that a member of the family had raised questions about the skin complexion Archie – son of Harry and Meghan – would have. In fact, in the wake of the bombshell tell-all, reports surfaced that Prince Charles was allegedly very unhappy about the claims voiced by the royal couple.
Harry had been hinting for years about his own unhappiness with the way he was brought up in the royal family, noting that for decades, his own mental health had been swept under the rug.
Harry and Meghan used the media publicity to hash out difficult topics related to mental health, and how it affects people from diverse backgrounds. Harry has also taken the opportunity to break down his royal upbringing in the documentary series.
Winfrey, who also spoke on her own experiences of abuse as a child, said that she feels that when it comes to mental health, any one person is placed on a level playing field. “It doesn’t matter where you come from, what your background is, how much money you have: we’re all in the same spectrum as everyone else,” she said.