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Prince Harry Is All Smiles as He Cheers on Marathoners in Training -- See the Pics!

by Jennifer Drysdale 6:29 PM PST, February 21, 2017
Playing Prince Harry Is All Smiles as He Cheers on Marathoners in Training -- See the Pics!

How's this for a pep talk?

Runners preparing for April's London marathon to raise awareness for mental health were treated to a visit by Prince Harry on Tuesday.

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The red-headed royal was all smiles as he cheered on runners -- and spoke with a few lucky athletes, including Olympian Steve Cram -- in Gateshead, England. Cram will help promote the Heads Together campaign spearheaded by Harry, Prince William, and Kate Middleton.

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During his visit, Harry also met with veterans group Walking the Wounded to learn how they are working with the local council and police on projects to support former service members, with an emphasis on providing support for mental health.

"William, Catherine and I started this campaign because we saw that fear of judgement, stigma and outdated prejudice meant that too many people stayed quiet about their mental health challenges," Harry said in a passionate speech.

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"I have seen the threat that this fear and stigma poses in my work with veterans and my former Army friends," he continued. "Guys and girls in the armed services often need to think they are invincible. I know first-hand from my time as an Apache pilot that you do not want anyone to question your ability to cope with pressure and stress."

"I have met people who considered taking their own lives rather than admit to anything that might make them look weak in the eyes of others. This is why we want to change the way we talk about mental health," he shared.

Harry next traveled to Quayside, Newcastle, where he watched prospective runners take part in drills and exercises, though we all know the 32-year-old is quite the athlete himself.

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Watch Harry compete against William and Kate in a charity race in the video below. 

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