Prince Harry and Ed Sheeran Team Up: ‘Look Out For Anybody Suffering In Silence’

Prince Harry and Ed Sheeran’s teaser video yesterday played out in full today and it was everything. Sheeran stopped by to meet up with Harry to talk about collaborating on an important cause — only Sheeran misunderstood what they’re teaming up for. Bonus: Prince Harry showed off some impressive comedy chops.

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Prince Harry and Ed Sheeran team up for mental health

For World Mental Health Day, Prince Harry and Sheeran got together for a fun video with a serious message.

The video begins with Sheeran prepping to visit with Harry, as he notes while getting a shave: “I’m really excited today. I’m going to go and film a thing with Prince Harry. He contacted me about doing a charity video with him, which, you know, is going to be good. I’ve long admired him from afar.” 

Sounds like Prince Harry has a famous fan! Sheeran then stops by to see Prince Harry, ringing the doorbell and being greeted by Harry, who quips, “It’s like looking in a mirror.”

Sheeran misunderstood the point of the video

Sheeran was excited to talk shop about a  cause he’s “quite passionate” about, but it turns out he and Prince Harry weren’t quite on the same page.

Prince Harry notes, “This, for me, is a subject and a conversation that’s just not talked about enough. I think people all over the world are really suffering.” 

Sheeran shares he’s “trying to write a song about this, to get it out to more people,” which Harry is on board for, saying, “Someone with your skillset, to be able to write lyrics of a song, to raise awareness I think would be amazing.”

Sheeran notes, “That’s exactly what I’m trying to do. People just don’t understand what it’s like for people like us,” which clues Harry in.

The singer explains, “Well, you know, with like the jokes and the snide comments. I just feel like it’s time that we stood up and said, you know, ‘We’re not going to take this anymore. We are ginger and we’re going to fight.'”

Prince Harry responds, “Um, OK. Um, slightly awkward” and clears things up for Sheeran, sharing, “Um, this may be a miscommunication, but this is about World Mental Health Day.”

Sheeran covers for the misunderstanding, sharing that he “definitely knew that,” as we see him delete the title of a presentation on his laptop called “Gingers Unite” which includes an item for how they can “change the perception of people with Moroccan sunset hair.”

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Today is #WorldMentalHealthDay Members of The Royal Family have long supported this initiative to raise awareness of the challenges people face around mental health. Today, The Duke of Sussex has teamed up with singer Ed Sheeran (@teddysphotos) to encourage people to talk about their mental health. Go to @sussexroyal to watch the full video. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, & The Duke of Sussex have long supported The Royal Foundation Heads Together campaign which encourages people to talk about their mental health challenges. @Heads_Together This week, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have voiced a campaign video launched by Public Health England & the NHS which raises awareness of an online service to help people who are struggling. More at: #EveryMindMatters In 2018 The Duchess of Cambridge launched ‘Mentally Healthy Schools’, a website for primary schools, offering staff information, advice & practical resources to understand and promote pupils’ mental health and wellbeing. More at: In May this year The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex launched Shout, a free, 24/7 text messaging service where people can Text “Shout” to 85258 if they are experiencing mental health challenges. You can connect with trained volunteers who provide help at a time when it is most needed. To find out more go to @GiveUsAShoutinsta Click the link in bio to our news story where you can access all these resources & go to @kensingtonroyal @sussexroyal for more #wmhd2019

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Look out for those suffering in silence

With the miscommunication cleared up, Prince Harry and Sheeran address the camera, with Harry noting: “Guys, this World Mental Health Day, reach out and make sure that your friends, strangers, look out for anybody that might be suffering in silence. We’re all in this together.”

The caption for the video on the Sussex Royal Instagram account notes: “It’s World Mental Health Day! 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.”

The post includes accounts to check out for resources and support, noting: “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.”