Prince Harry and Meghan Markle talk of 'removing stigma' mental health

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle set to make their podcast debut on World Mental Health Day as they talk with teenagers about ‘removing stigma’ and ‘contributing to a healthier world’

  • Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan Markle, 39, to speak on Teenager Therapy podcast 
  • Duke and Duchess will join to talk about ‘removing the stigma’ of mental health 
  • Couple learned about the podcast after reading about it in the New York Times  
  • Led the young hosts in deep breaths to help calm nerves before conversation

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to make their podcast debut this weekend to talk with teenagers about ‘removing the stigma’ of mental health.

The Duke, 36, and Duchess of Sussex, 39, who are currently living in their $14 million mansion in Santa Barbara, having officially stepped back from royal duty seeking financial independence in March, will join the Teenager Therapy podcast tomorrow on World Mental Health Day. 

Hello! magazine reported that the couple will discuss the stigma surrounding the topic and ‘how we can all contribute to a healthier world: physically, mentally, emotionally and holistically.’ 

The couple learned about the podcast after reading a New York Times profile of the teenagers in July, and recorded the episode this week in their new hometown of Montecito, with all the participants wearing masks during the recording. 

Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan Markle, 39, are set to appear on a podcast this weekend where they discuss with teenagers the importance of ‘removing the stigma’ of mental health

The podcast describes itself online as ‘Five stressed, sleep deprived, yet energetic teens sit down and talk about the struggles that come with being a teenager.’

Prince Harry and Meghan listened to a few episodes of the series and decided they wanted to support the teen’s work. 

According to Hello, Prince Harry and Meghan led the group in deep breathes ahead of the podcast in order to help sooth nerves.

Meanwhile when one of the young hosts, Gael, asked the couple what they would like to be called, the Duke told him ‘anything is fine’, to which Gael decided to call him ‘Big H’.   

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex recorded the special podcast with Teenager Therapy earlier this week, with the episode to drop on World Mental Health Day tomorrow (pictured, the teenage hosts of the podcast) 

The Duke has long been open up about his struggles with mental health, and revealed he needed counselling after the death of his mother, Princess Diana. 

It was announced last year that Prince Harry was partnering with Oprah Winfrey as co-creators and executive producers of a forthcoming mental health documentary series for Apple. 

The multi-part documentary series will focus on both mental illness and mental wellness, and aims to inspire viewers to have an honest conversation about the challenges they face.  

Harry has previously opened up about his own battle with depression, revealing that he was ‘very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions’.

Speaking in 2018, he said: ‘I started to have conversations and actually all of a sudden this grief that I have never processed started to come to the forefront and I was like, there is actually a lo of stuff here that I need to deal with.

It comes weeks after rumours emerged that Prince Harry and Meghan were set to sign their own seven figure deal to produce podcasts for Spotify (pictured, while visiting Reprezent 107.3FM in Brixton)

‘For me personally, my brother, you know, bless him, was a huge support to me. He kept saying “This is not right, this is not normal, you need to talk to someone”.’ 

Their new podcast appearance comes weeks after reports suggested the Duke and Duchess were set to be offered a seven figure deal to produce podcasts for Spotify.  

The streaming giant, which is worth £22bn, are hoping to sign the royal couple following the success of The Michelle Obama podcast which has been a huge ratings hit. 

Sources told the Mirror that money is ‘no object’ for Spotify and Meghan would be able to ‘more or less name her price’.  

An insider said: ‘The Duke and Duchess have been on their hit list for a while and a detailed proposal is set to be presented to Meghan’s US agent in a matter of weeks.’

Rumors of Harry and Meghan seeking to gain a foothold in Hollywood have run rampant ever since the couple announced their plans to quit as senior royals, seek financial independence and move to North America in January.  

The couple, who are breaking away from the monarchy to earn their own money in the US, have had to ditch using Sussex Royal as their brand name.  

The Sussexes already have some experience in podcasts and radio appearances.

The couple’s second ever engagement as a couple was a visit to Reprezent 107.3 FM in Brixton, a 24-hour underground music station. 

Meanwhile in 2017, Prince Harry guest edited BBC Radio 4’s Today show, while has a starring role in a new Netflix documentary Rising Phoenix, which was released on Wednesday. 

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