The Duke of Sussex joked that exams are ‘the best time of year’ as he visited a school in Nottingham today.
Prince Harry, 35, who corrected himself, saying ‘not really’, could be seen sharing and joking with with students from Year 7 and Year 8 to mark World Mental Health Day.
The duke, who spearheaded the mental health initiative Heads Together alongside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, was on an away-day to meet young people at community projects aimed at improving mental well-being.
He first visited Nottingham Academy in November 2017 with his wife, Meghan Markle, 38 – which marked their first official visit following their engagement.
His appearance comes just hours after it was revealed he teamed up with Ed Sheeran in a video to help raise awareness of mental health.
Prince Harry, 35, was all smiles as he met with Year 7 and Year 8 students during his visit to Nottingham Academy today
The royal could be seen joking around as he met with the pupils at the school during an engagement to mark World Mental Health Day
The Duke of Sussex looked in high spirits as he appeared to exchange a joke with some of the students at the school
Prince Harry, who received a warm welcome as hundreds of school pupils cheered his arrival, was firstly introduced to a reluctant readers’ group and was greeted by a therapy dog.
The black Labradoodle, called Barney, received a fish block treat from Harry, which was handed to him by the dog’s owner and deputy head of house, Claire Iwanekjo.
The royal visitor quipped: ‘He’s going to have fish breath for the rest of the day. Great.’
He then joined an EPIC Partners Nurture Session with students to discuss mental health and emotional well-being.
EPIC Partners provide early interventions in local primary and secondary schools to help children and young people to build confidence, self-esteem, aspirations and develop resilience to better cope with real-life issues.
Therapy dog Barney was on his best-behaviour as he could be seen giving the Duke of Sussex a paw – in return for a treat
During his visit, Prince Harry joined an EPIC Partners Nurture Session with students discussing mental health and emotional well-being (pictured)
The Duke (pictured) first visited Nottingham Academy in November 2017 with wife, Meghan Markle – which marked their first official visit following their engagement
The duke told one pupil that ‘exams are not much fun’, but added that he was sure the teenagers were ‘right on top of it’.
Harry remarked to one student, who was working on a piece about pop singer Michael Jackson, that ‘everybody wants to know how to Moonwalk’.
The Duke met once again with project coordinator Chantelle Stefanovic and was reunited with a number of students he met on his last visit to the school.
He also learned how they have progressed and are now acting as role models to younger girls, before he joined a school assembly with Year 11 students who, within their Personal, Social and Health Education lessons, have been focusing on keeping their minds healthy.
The lessons have focused on exam stress, school and home life balance, and how to handle feelings of being overwhelmed.
He spoke to one pupil he had met during a previous visit to the school, who told him she was now confident enough to tell somebody if she had a problem after working in the Nurture sessions.
The Duke, who was greeted by a therapy dog called Barney, gave the pooch a fish block treat (pictured)
Prince Harry joined a Reluctant Readers Session, with Barney the therapy dog during his visit to Nottingham Academy to mark World Mental Health Day
The Duke (pictured) looked animated as he joined a reading class at the Nottingham-based school
The Duke is set to join discussions and share some of his own experiences.
Later, he will visit Community Recording Studio (CRS) in St Ann’s, a charity that teaches young people film and video skills as well as music, and provides access to professional equipment and key industry contacts.
The charity has been running for over 20 years, and was founded by members of the local community who have first-hand experiences of the needs of those growing up in the area.
The Duke will meet some of the young people who are developing a new Hip Hopera that highlights mental health issues – and they will share some of their personal experiences with him, before performing an extract of the musical work.
St Ann’s in Nottingham is a community that is very special to The Duke. His Royal Highness has spent a significant amount of private and public time in the city and has visited Nottingham Academy on several occasions.
The Duke was also reunited with several of the students he met on his last visit to the school (pictured) – and will later get the chance to speak of his own experiences
Prince Harry will later join a school assembly with Year 11 students who, within their Personal, Social and Health Education lessons, have been focusing on keeping their minds healthy
The royal’s appearance comes just hours after the Sussex Royal Instagram account shared a video featuring Prince Harry and Ed Sheeran – who teamed up in aid of World Mental Health Day
Earlier today, the Sussex Royal Instagram account shared a video which sees Ed Sheeran, 28, joking to Prince Harry that nobody understands what it’s like for ‘people like us’ – referring to the fact they are both red-headed.
However, Prince Harry highlights there must be a ‘misunderstanding’ between the two, as he actually invited him to film at the central London location to help raise awareness of mental health and to get people talking.
But despite the comic angle of the video, a caption alongside the video highlights the important message and reads: ‘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.’
It continues: ‘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, 35, and Ed Sheeran, 28, have teamed up in a video in aid of Mental Health Day today (pictured)
The singer (left) jokes that nobody understands what it’s like for ‘people like us’ – referring to the fact he and the royal (right) are both red-headed
The video, which has already received 380k views, begins by showing Ed getting his beard trimmed in a barbers ahead of his visit to see the royal.
‘Really excited today,’ he says. ‘Going to film with Prince Harry who contacted me about doing a charity idea with him, which is going to be good. I’ve long admired him…from afar. I guess I’ll see you there!’
It then cuts to the world-famous singer knocking on a front door with a simple white frame door featuring glass panelling.
In an amusing side note, the door bell rings a chime playing the ‘God Save The Queen’ National Anthem before Harry opens the door to the singer.
The royal jokes: ‘It’s like looking in the mirror’, as both red-headed men stare at each other, dressed in matching grey polo necks.
The clip begins by showing Ed getting his beard trimmed in a barbers ahead of his visit to see the royal, who he says he has ‘long-admired’
Ed explains: ‘Really excited today. Going to film with Prince Harry who contacted me about doing a charity idea with him, which is going to be good’
The world-famous singer knocks on a front door with a simple white frame door featuring glass panelling – before Prince Harry answers (pictured)
The Shape of You hit singer replies: ‘Do you mind if I bring the cameras in?’, to which Harry responds: ‘Of course, come on in’.
Prince Harry then thanks Ed for coming along and explains: ‘For me, this is a subject of a conversation that’s not talked about enough. I think people all over the world are really suffering.’
In agreement, Ed reveals he’s actually been trying to write a song about it to try and get the message out to people, to which Prince Harry responds:
‘Someone with your skill-set, to be able to write lyrics of a song to raise awareness would be amazing.’
But while the royal is referring to World Mental Health Day, in a comic turn of events, Ed Sheeran jokes: ‘That’s exactly what I’m trying to do – people don’t understand what it’s like for people like us.’
The Duke of Sussex passionately explains how mental health is a ‘subject of a conversation that’s not talked about enough’
Prince Harry goes on to say how ‘people all over the world are really suffering,’ to which Ed agrees and begins typing on his laptop
The Shape Of You singer then reveals he’s been trying to write a song about the topic to try and get it out to people. Pictured, with the royal
However, clearly getting the wrong end of the stick as he begins to type ‘gingers unite’, Ed jokes: ‘People 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’re not going to take this any more. We’re ginger – and we’re going to fight.”
A rather confused-looking Prince Harry says ‘slightly awkward,’ before explaining: ‘This may be miscommunication, but this is about World Mental Health Day.’
‘No no, I definitely knew that,’ replies the singer, as he can be seen deleting the words ‘ginger’s unite’ from a PowerPoint presentation he has started on his laptop.
However, as the video draws to an end, Prince Harry, who can be sitting on a sofa with Ed, gets serious and says: ‘Guys, this Mental Health Day, reach out, make sure your friends, strangers – lookout for anyone who may suffer in silence. We’re all in this together.’
Yesterday, the royal teased the surprise project on Instagram, which showed a glimpse inside the modest home.
A confused Prince Harry explains there must have been a ‘miscommunication’ and says he actually got in touch with him regarding mental health day – not due to comments regarding their hair colour