Jon Kamen, chairman and CEO of media company RadicalMedia and the exec who joined the famous duo that day, told the Wall Street Journal how the prince met with the talk show host in secrecy to plan his Apple TV series on mental health.
Kamen said he watched as Harry opened up to Oprah about his struggles with mental health and decided that this should be the format for the series which launched this May.
Prince Harry snuck away from the royal family for a secret meeting with Oprah Winfrey and a producer in a London hotel room back in 2018, it has been revealed. Pictured: The pair speak on stage at the Global Citizen Live festive in New York City on Saturday
Prince Harry met Oprah Winfrey and a producer in London hotel room in 2018. Pictured, the Duke and Duchess were interviewed by Oprah in March 2021
Harry in a six-episode series on mental health for Apple TV+ called The Me You Can’t See
‘Guys,’ Kamen told his producing partners, ‘the format of this show—we witnessed it in that hotel room.’
A six-episode series on mental health, The Me You Can’t See, was released by Apple in May.
Each episode was anchored by a conversation between Prince Harry and Winfrey.
‘I always wanted to be normal, as opposed to Prince Harry,’ he says in the documentary.
It is not clear if the meeting took place before or after Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle in May 2018, where Oprah earned herself a guest spot among the royal family.
A six-episode series on mental health, The Me You Can’t See, was released by Apple in May with each episode anchored by a conversation between Prince Harry and Winfrey
The meeting reveals how Harry and Meghan were already carving out commercial ventures and building up their Hollywood contacts over a year before the couple sent shockwaves through the royal family and across the globe when they announced they were quitting life as working royals and starting a new life in Hollywood.
Kensington Palace announced in April 2019 that Harry was producing a mental health series with Oprah.
Prince Harry took part in Zoom meetings with Winfrey throughout the process, initially in England, then Canada and latterly in California.
The prince shared his elite contacts with first producers, suggested the setting up of an advisory board to help navigate the sensitive topics they were exploring.
Since leaving the UK in 2020 and moving to California, the couple have secured tens of millions of dollars in deals with media companies like including Apple, Spotify and Netflix
Harry also vetted subjects, looked to interview people from outside the West, took an active interest in the early editing of the shoe making notes on the production faster than Winfrey.
Since leaving the UK in 2020 and moving to California, Prince Harry and Meghan, have managed to secure tens of millions of dollars in deals with media companies like including Apple, Spotify and Netflix.
The Netflix deal alone is said to be worth in the region of $100 million.
The deals have been several years in the making with a great deal of hustling behind-the-scene in order to lay the groundwork.
The couple has been working to carve out careers in Hollywood since quitting their roles as senior working members of the royal family last January.
The couple founded production company Archewell Productions and struck a five-year deal with Netflix in the fall.
In December, they announced an exclusive deal – worth an estimated $25 million -with Spotify for their Archewell Audio podcast, which they said would include podcasts and programming ‘that uplifts and entertains audiences around the world.’
Spotify said a full series would launch in 2021 but, as of September, the couple have only released one holiday special in December which featured their son Archie and Elton John.
Harry appeared to be sporting a secret mic during his visit with Meghan Markle to an iconic Harlem soul food joint Friday, in a sign the couple may have been recording the NYC tour
A tell-tale wire was spotted poking out from underneath the prince’s shirt and trailing into his chino pocket as he leaned forward to hug Melba restaurant owner Melba Wilson
It is not clear if the couple are recording their New York City trip as part of their contract with Netflix or Spotify – or as another commercial venture.
The couple has not publicly announced plans to televise their trip to the Big Apple.
However, much of their visit has largely been kept under wraps with the purpose and contents of their closed-door meetings with lawmakers and officials being closely guarded.
On Saturday, the couple visited the United Nations building to meet with UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, ahead of Global Citizen Live – which is expected to be their final stop on the tour on Saturday evening.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry visited the United Nations building to meet with Un Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed Saturday
The couple has already been accused of tone-deaf virtue signaling during their Big Apple tour, where Meghan donned a $7,500 designer pant suit to visit children at a Harlem school where 94 percent are eligible for free school meals.
The couple have been staying at the luxury Carlyle Hotel – a favorite haunt of Princess Diana’s where the Royal Suite costs $8,800 a night.
The Sussexes left the luxury Carlyle Hotel in their cavalcade of gas-guzzling motor vehicles shortly before 11am Saturday morning and headed to the UN building in Manhattan.
They were spotted leaving the building around 90 minutes after arriving, clutching documents featuring their Archewell Foundation branding and business folders.
Meghan and Harry are seen leaving the Carlyle Hotel by the front door to head to the Global Citizen Live festival
Meghan said ‘it was a lovely meeting’ as they left the HQ and clambered into their waiting SUVs.
Their UN visit comes the same week as the 193-member world body’s annual gathering of leaders.
Their appearance at Saturday’s concert is just one stop along the couple’s tour of New York City.
On Friday, the couple paid a visit to PS 123 Mahalia Jackson school in Harlem where Meghan read to students from her children’s book The Bench.
The duchess sported a $7,500 designer pant suit and around $387,000 worth of jewelry for the visit to the school where 94 percent of children are eligible for free meals and 95 percent face economic hardship.
Dressed in a $5,840 Loro Piana cashmere coat, matching $1,680 pants and shoes thought to be $665 Manolo Blahnik red suede pointed toe pumps, Meghan read aloud to the children who sat cross-legged on cushions on the ground.
She accessorized her look with around $387,000 worth of jewelry including her $350,000 engagement ring, a $4,500 diamond ring from her first public engagement with Harry as his fiancee, Princess Diana’s $23,000 Cartier Tank watch, a $6,900 Cartier Love bracelet, and a $3,000 Jennifer Meyer tennis bracelet.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry wrapped up their first day in the Big Apple Thursday by hosting a meeting on vaccine equity with Chelsea Clinton and other health experts (above)
On Friday, the couple paid a visit to PS 123 Mahalia Jackson school in Harlem where Meghan read to students from her children’s book The Bench
Harry chats to a student in the playground as they gather to sit and listen to Meghan reading out her children’s book
Meghan and Harry donated copies of her book to the school, two garden boxes filled with vegetables and herbs, and stocked the school’s pantry with personal health and hygiene supplies.
They plan to donate a washer and dryer to the school as well so more children can have clean uniforms.
The couple appeared to have worked up an appetite during the visit as they then headed on to local soul food joint Melba’s for a bite to eat.
They dined without any other members of their entourage as they enjoyed Southern fried chicken and eggnog waffles, catfish with chipotle mayo, spring rolls with rice, black-eyed peas and collard greens.
Melba’s owner Melba Wilson later thanked the couple on the restaurant’s social media pages for a promised $25,000 donation towards the business’s COVID-19 Employee Relief Fund to help workers impacted by the pandemic.
Friday’s outing was a more relaxed occasion to the day before, where they rubbed shoulders with New York lawmakers and UN and WHO officials and paid their respects to the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks at Ground Zero.
On Thursday morning, they first visited the One World Trade Center observatory where they met with New York Governor Kathy Hochul, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and de Blasio’s family.
While atop the One World Trade Center, Meghan said ‘it’s wonderful to be back’ in New York – following her last visit in September 2019 when she cheered on close friend and tennis star Serena Williams at the US Open.
The couple then parted ways with the officials and took a tour of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, joined by National September 11 Memorial & Museum President Alice Greenwald and Patricia Harris, CEO of Bloomberg Philanthropy.
The Sussexes visited both pools on the sites where the North Tower and South Tower once stood, reading the names of the victims inscribed on the memorials and taking a moment of silence by a wreath.
They spent around 30 minutes inside the museum before being whisked back to their hotel for a quick pit stop and outfit change.
Around midday, they traveled to 50 UN Plaza for a meeting with US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield on COVID-19, racial justice and mental health.
The ambassador described the meeting as ‘wonderful’ as she shared snaps of the trio chatting on sofas in a lounge area and then posing in front of UN branding.
Meghan and Harry then paid a visit to the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters at 885 Second Avenue, for their meeting with the global health experts.
That night, Harry was spotted in Bemelmans Bar in the Carlyle Hotel chatting animatedly with the people at his table – with no sign of Meghan in sight.
Their tour of the Big Apple marks their first major public appearance since they shocked the world by announcing they were stepping down as senior working members of the royal family back in January 2020.
Meghan and Harry visited Harlem restaurant Melba’s where the couple spoke with owner Melba Wilson who told them of the restaurant’s struggle during the coronavirus pandemic
The couple took a tour of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, joined by National September 11 Memorial & Museum President Alice Greenwald and Patricia Harris, CEO of Bloomberg Philanthropy Thursday
On Thursday morning they met with NY Governor Kathy Hochul (furthest left) and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio (next to Harry) as well as De Blasio’s wife Chirlane McCray, and the couple’s son Dante (furthest right) at the One World Trade observatory