Their hair may be red, but they obviously have hearts of gold. Prince Harry and Ed Sheeran’s World Mental Health Day video is here, in which the famous gingers poke a little fun at their signature hair color to raise awareness for a good cause. The two joined forces to film a short PSA and, although it’s in support of a very serious issue, Harry and Sheeran managed to work in a bit of humor (at their own expense).
Harry and Meghan Markle’s official Instagram account, @SussexRoyal, shared the video on Thursday, after the beloved redheads teased a collaboration earlier in the week. After arriving what was reported to be Princess Eugenie’s home in London and ringing the doorbell — which plays “God Save the Queen” — Sheeran is greeted by Harry, who quips of his lookalike, “It’s like looking in a mirror.” Sheeran and Harry then take a seat at a table, seemingly to brainstorm about — their fiery locks?
“I’ve been trying to write a song about this to get it out to more people,” Sheeran tells Harry. “People just don’t understand what it’s like for people like us with the jokes and the snide comments. I just feel like it’s time we stood up and said, ‘We are ginger, and we are going to fight.'” Comically, Harry breaks the “awkward” news that there’s been a miscommunication, as Sheeran simultaneously deletes his “Gingers Unite!” song title.
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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
If you pause and peer closely, you can see that Sheeran had jokingly given this meeting some serious thought. Also on his computer screen is an outline of how he saw the day unfolding, with one of the points being, “HRH Prince Harry and the king of ging Ed Sheeran get together to change the perception of people with Moroccan sunset hair.”
In reality, of course, the men have a serious message. “Reach out, make sure that your friends, strangers, look out for anybody that might be suffering in silence. We’re all in this together,” Harry tells the camera. “Cheers.”
To that end, Harry spent World Mental Health Day in Nottingham. According to People, he met with students at Nottingham Academy to discuss mental health and emotional well-being. He also attended a school assembly to learn how students deal with stress from pressures like exams, home life and feeling overwhelmed in general.
And if you or someone you know needs help, World Mental Health Day has a ton of resources. You can start by texting “HOME” to 741741, a crisis text line, for assistance. You don’t have to suffer alone.