For so long, Prince Harry has been representing the royal family while working with various organizations and charities. Now, he's set out on his own and his job is to help people with their mental health.
When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their resignation as senior royals and the move to the United States, it caused quite a stir across the globe. After all, here is the son of the People's Princess and his biracial wife stepping back from a monarchy that is more than a thousand years old. Then came the tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey in which events that happened behind the closed doors of the palace were brought to light.
Ever since the revelation came that he and his wife had been living off Princess Diana's inheritance to him, many wondered what the couple might do next to secure their future. The couple have already tied up with Spotify and Netflix for deals worth multi-million dollars. But being the poactive man that he is, the Duke of Sussex has already decided to start working and being involved in projects that make a difference to him.
According to BBC, the 36-year-old is set to become Chief Impact Officer at the US coaching and mental health firm, BetterUp. Founded in 2013, the company helps give mobile-based professional coaching, counselling, and mentorship to customers in need of these services. It also boasts of several prominent businesses among its clients, including Hilton, Warner Media, and Chevron, according to The Washington Post. Considering the fact both the Duke and the Duchess have always been keen to promote awareness on mental health, this is partnership is hardly surprising. Although, this time, Harry will work as a paid employee. The fact that Meghan's mental health had taken a huge hit, leading her to contemplate suicide while pregnant with Archie, also explains how crucial a subject this is.
On the official BetterUp website, a statement welcomes him: "It is with great pleasure and excitement that we welcome our first Chief Impact Officer: Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex. We are energized by his model of inspiration and impact through action. As a true citizen of the world, he has dedicated his life’s work to bringing attention to the diverse needs of people everywhere and advocating for mental health initiatives: from founding the Invictus Games, a platform for service personnel to use sport as part of their psychological and physical rehabilitation, to launching Sentebale, which supports the mental health and wellbeing of young people affected by HIV in Lesotho and Botswana."
Prince Harry also shared his sentiments on the new position he will occupy at the company. "First of all, I am really excited to be joining the BetterUp team and community! Thanks for having me. I firmly believe that focusing on and prioritising our mental fitness unlocks potential and opportunity that we never knew we had inside of us. As the Royal Marine Commandos say, ‘It’s a state of mind.’ We all have it in us," he wrote.
"Being attuned with your mind, and having a support structure around you, are critical to finding your own version of peak performance. What I’ve learned in my own life is the power of transforming pain into purpose. During my decade in the military, I learned that we don’t just need to build physical resilience, but also mental resilience. And in the years since, my understanding of what resilience means — and how we can build it — has been shaped by the thousands of people and experts I’ve been fortunate to meet and learn from," he continued.
"As BetterUp’s first Chief Impact Officer, my goal is to lift up critical dialogues around mental health, build supportive and compassionate communities, and foster an environment for honest and vulnerable conversations. And my hope is to help people develop their inner strength, resilience, and confidence."
Living in California with his wife, Meghan, baby Archie, and his soon-to-be-born daughter, it looks like Prince Harry has found another platform to fulfill his calling.
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