On Wednesday, fans of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan got a peek at Ed Sheeran arriving on someone’s doorstep, ringing a doorbell (which played the melody of “God Save the Queen!”), and being greeted by Harry himself. The caption read “Coming soon…” and they weren’t kidding.
The full video was shared on Thursday on both the Sussexes’ and Sheeran’s Instagram pages and made clear the blokes were getting together to highlight the importance of speaking about mental health. “Both Prince Harry and Ed Sheeran want to ensure that not just today but every day, you look after yourself, your friends and those around you,” read the caption @sussexroyal, with the hashtag #WMHD in commemoration of World Mental Health Day. Because the mental health of everyone around the world needs to be honoured today and every day. Also included in the post were the accounts of organizations where people in the U.K. can find resources and support to help anyone feeling alone and without support.
And while it’s a serious topic, and something that deserves more attention, Harry and Ed found a way to make their video even more appealing by adding in some humour. It started off with Ed sitting in a chair, getting all gussied up for his meeting with Harry. Once the two greeted one another, Harry welcomed Ed and his camera crew in and they prepare to talk about something they’re both passionate about. But apparently, the two men got their lines crossed because they weren’t exactly referring to the same thing.
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Both Prince Harry and Ed Sheeran want to ensure that not just today but every day, you look after yourself, your friends and those around you. There’s no need to suffer in silence – share how you’re feeling, ask how someone is doing and listen for the answer. Be willing to ask for help when you need it and know that we are all in this together. #WMHD Check out the accounts below for more resources and support: @Heads_Together @Calmzone @MentalHealthFoundation @CharityNoPanic @SamaritansCharity @YoungMindsUK @GiveUsAShoutInsta @Childline_official @LetsTalkAboutMentalHealth @Jedfoundation @Pandas_UK @Charitysane @MindCharity @TimeToChangeCampaign @RethinkMentalIllness @MentalHealthMates @ActionHappiness @MHFAEngland @DitchTheLabel @TheBlurtFoundation
Not sure what was funnier—Harry’s reaction to Ed wanting to raise awareness for “people like [them]” and Sheeran’s declaration, “We are ginger and we’re gonna fight,” or the realization of what Harry was talking about hitting Ed and the singer deleting the words “GINGERS UNITE” on his laptop. And do we think that maybe Harry got a little coaching from wife Meghan because his acting was pretty decent.
After clearing up the miscommunication, the two sat down and addressed their followers, calling on people to look out for friends and strangers who may be suffering in silence from mental illness.
And though it might seem like we’re getting a close look at the Sussexes’ home, it actually appears to be where Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank live. Upon closer examination of Wednesday’s video, when Harry opens the door to greet Ed, behind the prince is a photo from Eugenie and Jack’s wedding day, pointing at not Frogmore Cottage but Ivy Cottage, which just so happens to sit on the grounds of Kensington Palace.
And if Harry managed to squeeze in filming at KP, he likely made time to visit with Will and Kate and his nephews and niece. A visit from Uncle Harry and a singing superstar? What could be better?
Harry, along with the Cambridges, has long been a champion of mental health and mental wellness. In recent years, he’s opened up about the trauma he went through after losing his mother and his own mental health issues and he wants to continue to raise awareness in big ways.
And Sheeran isn’t the only megastar Harry has teamed up with to tackle the subject. The royal is working with Oprah Winfrey on a series that shows how the human spirit recovers from really dark places. They’ll serve as co-creators and executive producers on the show, which will air on Apple TV next year.