Just a few weeks ago Prince Harry announced his partnership with Oprah Winfrey and Apple TV, and their plans to produce a new documentary focussing on “mental illness and mental wellness”.
However, the 34-year-old royal has now been urged to end that partnership due to the horrible conditions of some iPhone factories in China.
The Mail On Sunday reports activists are claiming the tech giant is using the royal to “greenwash” the conditions, which has reportedly led many young workers suicide.
“Prince Harry simply should not be working with Apple on this,” China Labor watch program officer, Elaine Lu, has said.
“Our investigations show abuses in these factories are still rife.”
Just last year The Guardian reported Apple began to investigate a factory in Chongqing, China producing Apple Watches.
It was claimed student workers, who were taken on as interns, were being treated “like robots”, with some working 12-hour shifts unpaid.
Back in 2010 it was reported 14 workers at a Foxconn factory in Shenzhen, a supplier for Apple, took their own lives. Allegedly nearly half of those workers were teenagers.
Heather White, the director of Complicit – a film which explores workers being abused in Foxconn factories – has also commented on the Prince’s partnership with Apple.
“The ironies of Harry making a series on mental health with Apple TV are just so great,” she told the Mail on Sunday.
The publication reports the tech giant has said training for 250,000 has been improved, including mental health well-being and stress management.