Prince Harry, Bon Jovi and the Invictus Games Choir drop charity single ‘Unbroken’ – and hope it will ‘touch many hearts and be a light during this troubling time’
- Prince Harry watched singer and Invictus Games Choir record track in February
- Recorded at London Abbey Road Studios in one of last senior royal engagements
- Single has been launched to raise awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder
Prince Harry has finally released the charity single ‘Unbroken’ he recorded with US rocker Bon Jovi and the Invictus Games Choir to raise awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The Duke of Sussex, 35, who served in the British military, turned up to watch the singer and the Invictus Games Choir record the track at London’s Abbey Road Studios in February in one of his last engagements as a senior member of the royal family.
Proceeds from the sale of the song, which was written by Bon Jovi, will go to the foundation that supports the Invictus Games, a sporting event for sick and injured veterans that is one of Harry’s favourite causes.
Susan Warner, a member of the choir who was seriously injured during an Afghanistan deployment in 2009, said the song offers hope to veterans during the coronavirus pandemic.
Prince Harry, 35, has released the charity single ‘Unbroken’ he recorded with US rocker Bon Jovi and the Invictus Games Choir to raise awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Pictured, recording the single at London’s Abbey Road Studios
One member of the Invictus Games Choir said the song (pictured) offers hope to veterans during the coronavirus pandemic
‘We hope the single will touch many hearts and be a light during this troubling time for so many people around the world,’ explained the 61-year-old. ‘It just feels like it is so important.’
‘In life you never know what might open up or what is going to happen. This is a very good example. There we were in Abbey Road Studios and we were singing Unbroken. Then, a month later, here we are.’
Bon Jovi, whose parents both served in the US Marine Corps, originally wrote and released the track last year as a tribute to veterans living with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Speaking of Prince Harry’s visit last month, Caroline Beazley, a member of the choir who was shot while serving with Britain’s armed forces in Belfast in 1994, said: ‘He was wonderful when he came to see us. He gave us all a big hug.’
Prince Harry and Jon Bon Jovi recreate the Beatles’ iconic Abbey Road zebra crossing photo after recording a duet together in February. First to cross was wheelchair user and former serviceman Andy Mudd, followed by the Bon Jovi frontman, Susan Warner and finally Harry. The Duke was in George Harrison’s position while Bon Jovi was Ringo Starr
Britain’s Prince Harry and Jon Bon Jovi pose for a picture with choir members during a visit at Abbey Road Studios in London
The couple announced in January that they would step down from their duties as senior royals, spend more time in North America and aim to become financially independent (he is pictured talking to choir members)
Britain’s Prince Harry and Jon Bon Jovi pose for a picture with choir members during a visit at Abbey Road Studios in London in Feburary
‘I was injured a number of years ago and I hid away for a long number of years for various reasons.’
‘Being part of the choir for me…It’s about just being part of a group of people that kind of get you and understand you.’
Alongside Harry and 12 members of the choir, the US rocker re-recorded Unbroken across two days in aid of the Invictus Games Foundation.
The foundation oversees the development of the Invictus Games, which was postponed this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The visit also saw the duke, Bon Jovi, Warner and another member of the choir step on to the famous zebra crossing to recreate The Beatles’ Abbey Road album cover.
Warner, who competed in the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando, Florida, said Harry’s presence was an ‘honour and privilege’.
She added: ‘The hope he brings to us all at this time, to be on the zebra crossing and re-enacting history where The Beatles stood – it was just such an honour and privilege.
‘To be of service, to be of duty, to be able to again help someone to reach out.’
Harry returned to the UK from Canada this week to begin a series of royal engagements which are likely to be his last before he steps down from royal duties on March 31 (pictured talking to members of the Invictus Games Choir at Abbey Road Studios)
Prince Harry teased his duet with Jon Bon Jovi on a post on the Sussex Royal Instagram page – which has millions of followers
Bon Jovi went on to say he thought plans to record the single had been scuppered by Harry’s decision to move to Canada with the duchess.
‘In light of everything that was happening here now I thought, “Oh well, there goes that great idea,” he said.
‘And the same week that he left here, they got right back to us and said: “Oh no, we’re coming back and this is the first thing on the docket and he’s doing it.”‘
‘I thought, “Good for him, this is great” because it came from such a pure place.
‘I just wanted to give back to the people of the UK that have given me so much for almost 40 years.’
The start of Unbroken’s music video captures a conversation between the duke and Bon Jovi.
Harry says: ‘With military people, there’s a way of being able to talk about the scars of war in a positive way.
‘Some suffer from post-traumatic stress, some of them suffer from depression, anxiety, but they are stronger for it.
‘Those are the kind of ambassadors and role models that we need.’
Bon Jovi replies: ‘Well, I thank you for what you have done to bring a light to that. It’s what you are doing, really. I just got inspired to write a song from it.
‘It is touching, their desire to serve, what they gave, and what they get out of singing.’
Unbroken featuring the Invictus Games Choir is out on Friday, with proceeds going to the Invictus Games Foundation.
Harry and Bon Jovi spoke briefly outside the north London building where the Beatles recorded 11 of their 13 albums before heading inside last month
A video of the two wearing headphones, with Bon Jovi strumming a guitar before beginning to sing was posted on the official Instagram page of Harry and his American wife Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex
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