On the occasion of World Mental Day, Duke of Sussex Prince Harry and star singer Ed Sheeran have teamed up in a video that was shared on the Sussexroyal Instagram handle to raise awareness on mental health. This is the first time the duo have appeared together publicly. Harry had earlier posted a trailer of the video on Instagram hinting on his upcoming initiative which concluded on October 10. The two discuss the issue of mental health and urge everyone to look out for anybody that might be suffering in silence.
Though the video was intended to be on a serious issue, Harry and Sheeran appear rather casual. The video begins with Harry opening the door for Sheeran with the doorbell chiming God Save The Queen. Prince Harry opens the door and jokes: "It's like looking in the mirror". When they settle down inside, Harry suggests Sheeran has the right skills for spreading awareness through his song lyrics.
Soon after, Ed crosses the line of seriousness and starts to talk about a song that he has started writing to challenge the stigma faced by redheads. (Both Harry and Ed are redheads). The further start joking around that people don't understand what it's like for people like them. He added that its time they stood up and said that they are not going to take it anymore. Harry, on the other hand, got conscious and said that the conversation was awkward and just then Sheeran is seen deleting the caption of the presentation on the laptop titled Gingers United.
Yet they conclude on a serious note with Harry saying, "Guys this World Mental Health Day, reach out, make sure your friends, strangers lookout for anyone who might be suffering in silence; we're all in this together".
The caption of the video posted on Sussexroyal read that both Prince Harry and Ed Sheeran want to ensure that not just today, but every day, one looks after themselves, their friends, and those around them.
Both the Dukes and Duchesses of Sussex and Cambridge focus on mental health amongst their charity and welfare works. The initiative taken the Royal Foundation in 2017 had brought together a coalition of eight charities in a bid to tackle the stigma surrounding mental health issues, raise awareness, and improve the provision of services for sufferers. The four jointly launched a campaign called #EveryMindMatters earlier this week. The initiative by Public Health England in partnership with the NHS aims to help people take simple steps to look after their mental health. The twitter video posted by Kensington Palace is voiced by Prince William and Prince Harry in the first half of the ad. This is followed by the voicing by Meghan and Kate.
"Everyone knows that feeling when life gets on top of us,'' William said in the video.
Public Health England, in partnership with the NHS, have launched #EveryMindMatters to help people take simple steps to look after their mental health, improve their mental wellbeing and support others. pic.twitter.com/eAirA6pIpB— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 7, 2019