On Friday, Prince Harry and Jon Bon Jovi joined forces to perform for a new charity single.
Spending the day at Abbey Road Studios, made famous by The Beatles, a teaser video shared by the Sussex Royal Instagram shows Harry at the mic with Bon Jovi as they re-recorded Bon Jovi’s 2019 single, Unbroken for the Prince’s Invictus Games Foundation. However, the video did cut out before anyone could hear the Prince sing.
The song was written by Bon Jovi as a chance to shine a spotlight on veterans who live with post-traumatic stress disorder and to honour their service.
Bon Jovi was praised by Harry, saying: “He was great. He knew the song and then he heard it a couple of times and we got to catch up.”
However, it wasn’t just the two that got to sing. The Invictus Games Choir gave their part to the re-recording. The choir includes military veterans.
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Testing, testing🎙… • Recorded inside Abbey Road Studios, home to The Beatles and other music legends, The Duke of Sussex joins Jon Bon Jovi and the Invictus Games Choir for a special live session in aid of the Invictus Games Foundation. The song being played, called ‘Unbroken’, was created by Jon Bon Jovi to shine a spotlight on those veterans living with Post Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI), to honour their service and acknowledge the strength of the Armed Forces community. The Duke and JBJ are both strong supporters of the military community, with The Duke founding the Invictus Games in 2014. The Invictus Games Choir, made up of wounded, injured and sick veterans and serving personnel from all services and different ranks of the UK Armed Forces, have come together to use the power of music to aid their recovery. Although The Duke was unable to sing, leaving the vocals to the professionals, the special single that was recorded in Studio 2 where The Beatles recorded 11 out of their 13 albums, and will be released in March in support of the @WeAreInvictusGames. Video © SussexRoyal
The foundation oversees the development of the Invictus Games, the international multi-sport event for injured or sick military personnel; it is personally founded by Harry.
This isn’t the first time Bon Jovi has sung with royalty. He once sang on stage with Prince William and Taylor Swift, singing Bon Jovi’s infamous “Livin’ on a Prayer.” When asked which brother sang better, Bon Jovi said:
“They both have a set of pipes, they really do.”Embed from Getty Images
Of course, it wouldn’t be a visit to Abbey Road without trying to impersonate The Beatles’ famous 1969 album cover.
After the recording, Prince Harry, Bon Jovi, and members of the Invictus Games Choir went out to the famous crosswalk to pose for a photo.Embed from Getty Images
First to cross was wheelchair user and former serviceman, Andy Mudd, then, Jon Bon Jovi, Susan Warner, an Invictus Games participant and of course, Prince Harry.
If you weren’t at Abbey Road, tourists could also find some Bon Jovi spirit near Buckingham Palace. To those watching the Changing of the Guard, visitors were treated to a series of Bon Jovi’s hits including “Livin’ on a Prayer,’ and ‘It’s My Life.’
The charity recording is set to be released in March.
This visit marks one of the first for Harry since he returned to the UK from Canada. However, it is also the first in a series of royal engagements which are likely to be the Prince’s last before he steps down from royal duties on 31 March.