Prince Harry and Jon Bon Jovi joined forces at the famous Abbey Road Studios in London to record a charity single on Friday.
The royal and the rocker are teaming up with the Invictus Games Choir to record a version of Bon Jovi’s veteran-inspired track Unbroken for the Invictus sporting tournament that Harry founded for injured ex-soldiers.
After meeting on the steps of the building, the pair went to Abbey Road’s studio two, where The Beatles recorded many of their hits in the 1960s. But first they also recreated the famous cover to the Fab Four’s Abbey Road album by posing while walking across the iconic level crossing outside the studio.
A video shared on Harry’s Sussex Royal Instagram account showed the Always hitmaker coaching him in a recording booth with headphones on, with the musician strumming a guitar and telling the singing novice it would be “really easy” and to “breathe”.
Footage posted on Twitter by Daily Mirror royal correspondent Russell Myers also showed the pair discussing the contribution of the choir, a group made up of injured ex-service personnel originally formed for the 2016 edition of the games, to the record.
Bon Jovi said that he found their “desire to serve” and stories “touching” and that they “became a rock band” when singing Unbroken.
Both of the rock star’s parents served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and he recorded Unbroken for the 2019 documentary film To Be of Service, which focused on the stories of ex-soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
The new charity version of Unbroken featuring Harry will debut next month, ahead of the games, which will take place in The Hague in The Netherlands in May. Proceeds from the single will go to the Invictus Games Foundation.
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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