Prince Harry and Ed Sheeran recently joined forces to raise awareness about World Mental Health Day and also made time to joke about their ginger hair.
Prince Harry and Ed Sheeran recently teamed up for World Mental Health Day and bonded a bit over their hair.
The Duke of Sussex and the ‘Perfect‘ singer met at Ivy Cottage Kensington Palace, in London to discuss World Mental Health Day – but Ed jokingly misunderstood what they were supposed to be discussing.
According to Hello, Prince Harry had to jump in and clarify the situation.
In the clip, Ed tells the camera: “I’m doing a film thing with Prince Harry. He contacted me about doing a charity video which you know is going to be good, I’ve long admired him from afar so I guess I’ll see you there.” Upon meeting, Harry joked: “It’s like looking in a mirror. So thanks very much for coming out, I really appreciate it.”
The singer told the Prince: “I’ve actually been trying to write a song about this, to get it out to more people,” to which Harry replied: “Someone with your skillset to be able to write lyrics of a song, to raise awareness would be amazing.” Ed retorted: “That’s exactly what I’m trying to do. People don’t understand what it’s like for people like us – the jokes and snide comments, I just feel like it’s time we stood up and said we’re not going to take this anymore. We are ginger and we’re going to fight.” Showing off his acting skills, Harry replied: “Oh ok – this might have been a miscommunication but this is about World Mental Health Day.”
Posting the clip on Instagram, Ed wrote:
“It’s World Mental Health Day! Myself and Prince Harry, 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.”
Prince Harry also shared the clip later on his and his wife’s Instagram account, sussexroyal.
World Mental Health Day is a day for global mental health education, awareness, and advocacy against social stigma. It was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members and contacts in more than 150 countries.
This year’s theme is suicide prevention and awareness.
South Africa is said to have the eighth-highest suicide rate in the world. The country has an estimated suicide rate of 13.4 people per 100 000.
It is said to be approximately four times the global rate of 3.6 per 100 000. However, “if strategies are in place to identify and manage the risk in the early stages,” most of these deaths could be avoided, according to Doctor Kobus Roux.