What brilliant timing. It’s a viral happy accident! Almost exactly as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped back as senior royals, we started our London Underground ad campaign featuring a ginger-haired (and bearded) model, who, according to tweeting commuters, looks strangely like Prince Harry. Did we accidentally hire a royal?!
Here’s one of the tweets that kicked things off:
Good for you Harry! Everyone should learn a trade! 👍 pic.twitter.com/G5bLn4FORu
— Suzanne Azzopardi (@TheAzzo) January 23, 2020
For anyone who doesn’t know (if that’s possible!), Harry and Meghan’s ‘split’ from the royals involved what some have called a ‘Megxit’ deal, stating that they will work to become financially independent from the crown.
— Emma Lindsay (@Wombleemma) January 23, 2020
We’ve loved reading all the tweets – with some seriously funny jokes about Harry’s apparent new job as a tradesperson.
Prince Harry has adapted to his new life quickly pic.twitter.com/vjZK0amh9o
— Benedict Townsend (@BenedictTown) January 25, 2020
Although we’d love to see Prince Harry fit some kitchens and serve the country in a different way, we’ve had to confirm that yes, the man in our advert is unfortunately Simon Pengelly. He’s a decent chap as far as we know and a real-life builder and actor, but not a prince.
Here’s a few more tweets to brighten up your day:
Just in case there’s any confusion, Simon’s on the left. We caught up with him to get his thoughts on his new-found fame. You can read his interview here.
And then it went international….
So yes, we admit it – that isn’t Harry in our advert and if we help you find a tradesperson, it’s unlikely he’ll pop round any time soon. But we’re happy to help anyone looking to make a career change – including princes.
Are you a tradesperson with a celebrity lookalike? You could be in with a chance of being in a future ad, just like #HandyHarry. If you fancy your chances, why not enter yourself into our celeb lookalike competition for tradespeople, here.