Prince William makes surprise visit to London pub to watch England soccer game and talk to fans about mental health

By Zach Harper

There are many people you probably expect to see when you head out to your local pub, from the bartender and other staff to regular customers. It’s safe to say Prince William is not one of the people you would ever think would be there, and seeing him out for a pint might make one spill one’s beer!

Londoners got a shock when the Duke of Cambridge showed up at the Prince Albert Pub in Battersea to watch a Euro 2020 qualifier between England and the Czech Republic on Oct. 11. He was with former England captain Frank Lampard , one of the greatest English players of all time, too! All of the fans in the pub were joined by someone who has supported them through difficult times.

We hope to see Frank (left) and William working together more often! Photo: © Chris Jackson/Getty Images

William loves soccer and was out in London this week for a special reason. Oct. 10 was World Mental Health Day, and the 37-year-old father of three is currently working with a number of mental health-related projects that are aimed at soccer fans.

The duke, who is the President of the Football Association (FA), announced earlier this year that he was launching a new mental health initiative called Heads Up. It’s a collaboration between the FA and his and Kate’s Heads Together initiative. Its goal is to “spark the biggest conversation ever around mental health” by using soccer to help people talk about issues they’re experiencing.

We love how down-to-earth William is, and how he recognizes the importance of everyone being able to speak up about their struggles, including men! Photo: © Chris Jackson/Getty Images

William spent his time at the pub talking to fans who have accessed services through Mind and CALM, two British mental health charities. The prince, who is a longtime advocate for mental fitness, spoke about how it was important for men to be able to talk about their feelings and feel supported.

Princess Diana would be very proud of her son, who has definitely inherited her ease with people! Photo: © Chris Jackson/Getty Images

In addition to his work with Heads Up, William is currently working on a documentary about mental health, which will also use soccer as an icebreaker. A Royal Road to Wembley: Tackling Mental Health is a collaboration with the BBC, and aims to show how men across the UK struggle with mental health issues and encourage those who are struggling to seek help. The film will use soccer to explain why “mental health is just as important as our physical health,” as William in August when he encouraged soccer fans to nurture their “everyday mental fitness.”

PHOTOS: Prince William and Duchess Kate take Prince George and Princess Charlotte to watch soccer

On Oct. 5, William was pictured taking in a Premier League match between Aston Villa and Norwich City in Norwich with Duchess Kate, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. It looked like the entire family had a blast watching the match, which Aston Villa won 5-1. At one point, six-year-old George was pictured going adorably crazy after Aston Villa scored. William had to gently ask him to calm down, since they were sitting in the home team’s section! Too funny!

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