- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visited Sydney’s Bondi Beach on Friday.
- The couple are over halfway through their royal tour of Australia.
- The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took part in an “anti-bad vibe circle” with members of OneWave — a non-profit surf community that raises mental health awareness.
- Harry has been a vocal supporter of mental health awareness in the past, last year launching the Heads Together campaign with Prince William and Kate Middleton.
- The Duke and Duchess decided to throw royal etiquette out the window and took off their shoes for the beach session.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s royal tour of Australia continues, and they’ve finally found time to hit the beach.
The pair visited Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach on Friday where they met with members of OneWave — a non-profit surf community that raises mental health awareness.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex participated in an “anti-bad vibe circle” in the sand with group members who congregate on Fridays for Fluro, which refers to the garishly-coloured clothing worn by the group.
OneWave members surf, swim and do yoga during the sessions. “It gets people asking important questions, which are normally avoided about mental health,” the charity’s website reads.
Harry has been a vocal supporter of mental health awareness in the past, last year revealing that he struggled to process his emotions following the death of his mother Princess Diana.
The prince also co-launched mental health awareness campaign Heads Together with his brother William and his wife Kate Middleton last year.
Sky News says Harry told the group on the beach in Australia: “Each and every one of us will experience poor mental health, it doesn’t discriminate.”
The Duke and Duchess decided to throw royal etiquette out the window and took off of their shoes for the beach session. They were also each given a Hawaiian lei to wear.
According to The Guardian, OneWave cofounder Grant Trebilco, who suffers from bipolar disorder, said: “The things that really saved me was surfing and the other thing was talking about it. Two of my closest friends started sharing their stories about depression and I never knew.
“It’s so hard to reach out for help. What Harry is doing with his Heads Together is amazing, letting people know it’s OK to not be OK.
“Australia loves them. They’re super passionate about mental health, they are showing that mental health does not discriminate. They’re saving lives talking about it.”
The Duke and Duchess’ trip to Australia coincides with the Invictus Games— the multi-sport event, created by Prince Harry, for wounded, injured, or sick armed services personnel and their associated veterans — which will be held in Sydney from Saturday and will last one week.
The couple are in Australia until next Tuesday when they will jet off to Fiji, Tonga, and New Zealand to round off their first official royal tour as a married couple.
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