Well, what else was it going to play? It turns out that, for today anyway, visitors arriving at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s front door are regaled by a rather familiar tune. Yes, Harry and Meghan’s doorbell is the National Anthem.
Well, as far as we know. The jokey chimes appeared in a video shared on the official Sussex Royal Instagram account ahead of World Mental Health Day. Music superstar, Ed Sheeran, is shown arriving at a rather chic front door before pressing the bell only to be regaled by the first line of ‘God Save the Queen’. The smiles continue as Prince Harry opens the door with the line ‘it’s like looking in the mirror’, a reference to the occasions when the two have been compared or even mixed up. We’re promised more on October 10th, World Mental Health Day, while the post is accompanied by the hashtag, #WMHD.
Whether that means more of a glimpse of the royal residence with the quirky doorbell remains to be seen. Just visible behind Harry was a large portrait of his cousin, Princess Eugenie, on her wedding day which could well mean that this royal residence is actually the home of the Brooksbanks. Whoever lives here has good taste in soft furnishings for a sitting room with a magazine worthy collection of cushions scattered across the sofa also makes an appearance in the background.
And the house is just one part of the story for this tease is designed to get everyone talking about mental health issues ahead of the annual global focus. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have already given their backing to a new project aimed at helping everyone increase their emotional and psychological wellbeing this week. The couples lent their voices to the launch of ‘Every Mind Matters’, a new online initiative from Public Health England and the NHS which provides personalised action plans to those logging on looking for support.
Mental health has been a major focus for the Cambridges and Sussexes for several years. The royals are expected to show their support for World Mental Health Day as it unfolds – with a little help from their friends, and a comedy doorbell.