Meghan Markle and Archie have a cameo in Prince Harry’s new docuseries, The Me You Can’t See. The trailer, which released Monday, May 17, showcases the impact mental health challenges have had on the world, shedding light on the topics, the guests, and the emotions that will be heavily spotlighted when the series premieres Friday.
Meghan Markle appeared towards the end of the trailer, once with her husband, and another time with her son, Archie. The cameo is impactful, especially since her Oprah interview in which she opened up about her mental health struggles and suicidal thoughts.
Her brief moments in the spotlight come during Prince Harry’s powerful voiceover. “The results of this year will be felt for decades,” Harry said in the voiceover. “Kids, families, husbands, wives.”
Images flash of emotional moments between families: a woman collapsing in another’s arms, a child resting on their father’s head, people laughing and smiling as Harry’s words can be heard. Then, Meghan Markle and Archie appear in what looks like an old iPhone video. Meghan is holding Archie and looking down at him with a huge smile. Archie is looking at the camera, smirking.
The series is pinned as a deep dive into the mental, psychological, and emotional pain being felt all over the world. It is supposedly an honest conversation about “mental health and emotional well-being,” that is near and dear to both Oprah and Prince Harry.
The trailer showcases the many stars that are set to appear in the show, discussing their struggles with mental health. Lady Gaga, Glenn Close, Rashad Armstead, DeMar DeRozan, and Langston Galloway all appear in various scenes within the trailer, as do both Oprah and Harry, who open up about their own experiences. Guests will “share their stories of living with the challenges of mental health issues and addressing their emotional well-being, to destigmatize a highly misunderstood subject and give hope to viewers who learn that they are not alone.”
Though the show is pinned as an integral look at mental health struggles and a push towards destigmatizing mental illness, the trailer and its reveals come with some serious questions. Meghan and Harry’s appearances might be seen as hypocritical.
As they return to the spotlight, many are forced to remember their reason for leaving the Monarchy in the first place – the spotlight. They explained this in their interview with Oprah in March, where they admitted that the tabloids and constant bad press were taking a toll on Meghan’s mental wellbeing.
It seems that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are not giving up the spotlight entirely, and are instead taking it by storm. With numerous high-profile appearances in recent months and plenty more projects coming up, Harry and Meghan seem more dedicated than ever to be seen across magazines, television screens, and streaming platforms.
Though their career strategy could be seen as hypocritical, it may also be the couple’s way of choosing the terms in which they are viewed in the spotlight. Before they left the royal family, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were being constantly demeaned, with every small action heightened across headlines. Now, they get to decide how they are reviewed by the public.
For Harry, this is his attempt to make his mother proud of him. Harry opened up to Dax Shepard during an episode of the Armchair Expert podcast, admitting that he wants to make transitions in how he utilizes his platform.
“Once I started doing therapy, suddenly it was like the bubble was burst. I plucked my head out of the sand and gave it a good shake off and I was like, ‘You’re in this position of privilege, stop complaining and stop thinking you want something different — make this — because you can’t get out,’” he said to Dax. “How are you going to do these things differently, how are you going to make your mum proud and use this platform to really affect change.”
The Me You Can’t See might be Harry’s first attempt to repair his image and earn the pride of the late Princess Diana. The docuseries premieres Friday, May 21 on Apple TV+.