Prince Harry and Ed Sheeran are teaming up for a good cause.
The dynamic duo posted a video to Instagram on Thursday to call attention to World Mental Health Day.
The clip opened with the 28-year-old singer getting ready to visit the 35-year-old royal.
“I’m really excited today. I’m going to go and film a thing with Prince Harry,” the Grammy winner said while getting a shave. “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.”
Once Ed arrived, the two got down to business. Ed then told the Duke of Sussex he was “quite passionate” about this cause.
“This, for me, is a subject and a conversation that’s just not talked about enough,” Harry said. “I think people all over the world are really suffering.”
The crooner said he was even “trying to write a song about this.”
“People just don’t understand what it’s like for people like us,” Ed said.
That’s when Harry realized the two weren’t on the same page.
“Well, you know, with like the jokes and the snide comments,” Ed continued. “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.'”
Once he understood where the artist was coming from, Harry was able to set the record straight.
“Um, OK. Um, slightly awkward,” he said. “Um, this may be a miscommunication, but this is about World Mental Health Day.”
While Ed said he “definitely knew that,” he then proceeded to delete a presentation on his laptop that included the words “Gingers Unite” and his agenda for how they can “change the perception of people with Moroccan sunset hair.”
Putting the jokes aside, Harry then encouraged the public to “look out for anybody who might be struggling in silence.”
“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 read. “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.”
The two also provided a list of resources their followers can consult.
This wasn’t the only way the royal had raised awareness for mental health initiatives. The duke also teamed up with Meghan Markle, Prince William, and Kate Middleton for a video promoting the program Every Mind Matters. Of course, this should come as no surprise to their fans. After all, the royals have championed mental health initiatives for years through their Heads Together campaign. Harry is also working on a new mental health documentary series with Oprah Winfrey.
Still, it’s hard not to notice a resemblance between Harry and Ed. Even the duke admitted it was “like looking in the mirror.”
Watch the video to learn more about World Mental Health Day.
9-year-old genius to graduate university
(CNN) – A child prodigy from Belgium is on course to gain a bachelor’s degree at the tender age of 9.
Laurent Simons is studying electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) — a tough course even for students of an average graduate age.
Described by staff as “simply extraordinary,” Laurent is on course to finish his degree in December.
He then plans to embark on a PhD program in electrical engineering while also studying for a medicine degree, his father told CNN.
His parents, Lydia and Alexander Simons, said they thought Laurent’s grandparents were exaggerating when they said he had a gift, but his teachers soon concurred.
“They noticed something very special about Laurent,” said Lydia.
Laurent was given test after test as teachers tried to work out the extent of his talents. “They told us he is like a sponge,” said Alexander.
While Laurent comes from a family of doctors, his parents have so far not received any explanation as to why their child prodigy is capable of learning so quickly.
But Lydia has her own theory.
“I ate a lot of fish during the pregnancy,” she joked.
The TUE has allowed Laurent to complete his course faster than other students.
“That is not unusual,” said Sjoerd Hulshof, education director of the TUE bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, in a statement.
“Special students that have good reasons for doing so can arrange an adjusted schedule. In much the same way we help students who participate in top sport.”
Hulshof said Laurent is “simply extraordinary” and praised the youngster.
“Laurent is the fastest student we have ever had here,” he said. “Not only is he hyper intelligent but also a very sympathetic boy.”
Laurent told CNN his favorite subject is electrical engineering and he’s also “going to study a bit of medicine.”
His progress has not gone unnoticed and he is already being sought out by prestigious universities around the world, although Laurent’s family wouldn’t be drawn on naming which of them he is considering for his PhD.
“The absorption of information is no problem for Laurent,” said his father.
“I think the focus will be on research and applying the knowledge to discover new things.”
While Laurent is evidently able to learn faster than most, his parents are being careful to let him enjoy himself too.
“We don’t want him to get too serious. He does whatever he likes,” said Alexander. “We need to find a balance between being a child and his talents.”
Laurent said he enjoys playing with his dog Sammy and playing on his phone, like many young people.
However, unlike most 9-year-olds, he has already worked out what he wants to do with his life: develop artificial organs.
In the meantime, Laurent has to finish his bachelor’s degree and choose which academic institution will play host to the next stage in his remarkable journey.
Before that, he plans on taking a vacation to Japan for an undoubtedly well-deserved break.
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Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem
Two gangbangers aimed their BMW like a missile at a father and his 8-year-old son on a Harlem sidewalk in a horrifying incident captured by video distributed by police Thursday.
The BMW — driven by a man police believe is a member of the Gorilla Stone Bloods Gang — was zeroed in on the father, a rival gang member, said cops.
Around 3:45 p.m. Nov. 6, the boy and his father were walking on W. 112th St. by Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. when the BMW jumped the sidewalk and slammed into them both, said cops.
🚨WANTED for ASSAULT: on 11/6 at approx 3:43 PM in front of 128 West 112th St in Manhattan, a 32 yr old male was walking with his 8 yr old son when a white BMW jumped the curb & hit the father & son. The driver then got out and slashed the father. Call @NYPDTips with any info. pic.twitter.com/cwd79rcM4c
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) November 15, 2019
Father and son were both knocked through a gate.
The BMW driver then backed up — and its driver and passenger, also believed to be a gang member, jumped out of the car and ran toward the father and the son.
One of the attackers slashed the father, identified by sources as 32-year-old Brian McIntosh, who’s served prison time for robbery and bail jumping.
McIntosh and his son went to Harlem Hospital. Miraculously, the boy escaped serious harm.
McIntosh was so adamant about refusing to help police catch his attackers that the young boy’s mother had to file a police report alleging he was the victim of a crime, police sources said.
Cops released video of the attack, and ask anyone with information about the suspects to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.
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