Fellow gingers Prince Harry, 35, and Ed Sheeran, 28, posted a hilarious video to Instagram on Thursday to bring attention to World Mental Health Day. The clip begins with Ed getting ready to meet Prince Harry. "I'm really excited today. I'm going to go and film a thing with Prince Harry," the Grammy winner says while getting trim. "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."
After Ed arrives at what is presumably Harry’s residence, the two begin discussing their ‘project’. The multi-platinum singer tells the Duke of Sussex that he is "quite passionate" about this cause. "This, for me, is a subject and a conversation that's just not talked about enough," Harry says. "I think people all over the world are really suffering."
Ed says that he’s been working on a song for the project, saying, "People just don't understand what it's like for people like us," which leaves Harry a bit perplexed. "Well, you know, with like the jokes and the snide comments," Ed continues. "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.'"
The hilarious misunderstanding is quickly cleared up by the Prince, who says, "Um, OK. Um, slightly awkward. Um, this may be a miscommunication, but this is about World Mental Health Day." Ed tries to pretend that he’s on the same page as Harry by saying that he "definitely knew that." We then see the singer delete the words "Gingers Unite" on his laptop, which shows a presentation that hopes "change the perception of people with Moroccan sunset hair."
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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
After some lighthearted fun, Ed and Harry get back to the business of shining a light on World Mental Health Day, which is celebrated on October 10 to promote global mental health education, awareness, and advocacy against social stigma. First celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members in more than 150 countries, World Mental Health Day is now supported by the World Health Organization, which raises awareness on mental health issues by developing relationships with the Ministries of health and civil society organizations across the globe.
In a post shared by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on Instagram, Harry and Ed encourage the public to "look out for anybody who might be struggling in silence." The caption adds, "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," part of the video's caption reads. "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."
Both Prince Harry and Prince William have been open about struggling with mental health issues as children, after the death of their mother, Princess Diana, in 1997. Harry has also teamed up with William, Meghan Markle, and Kate Middleton to promote the program Every Mind Matters, and the two brothers have supported other mental health initiatives such as the Heads Together campaign, which merges a campaign to change the conversation on mental health with fundraising efforts for innovative new mental health services. In addition, Harry isworking on a new mental health documentary series with Oprah Winfrey.