Prince Harry may not be part of the family business anymore, man, but he’s officially a businessman now. On Tuesday, it was confirmed that Meghan Markle’s husband accepted a position at a Silicon Valley startup.
In other words, he has completely gone to California.
According to the Wall street journal, the new role, which Harry will be the first to take on, is appropriately in line with his stated commitment to mental health initiatives, including an upcoming Apple TV series + with her friend and recent interviewer Oprah. “The Duke of Sussex will become Director of Impact for BetterUp Inc., the fast-growing mental health and training firm,” WSJ reported.
BetterUp with pride posted the news on Instagram Tuesday night, writing:
We are honored to welcome Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, as BetterUp’s first Impact Director.
Prince Harry is a natural addition to our executive team, having long been an advocate for improving mental fitness, the key to peak performance, powerful leadership, and a purpose-driven self. He is excited to join BetterUp to help more people unlock their potential through coaching, connecting, and community support.
In his role, Prince Harry will guide our social mission, expand our global community and influence the vision of our members’ experience, bringing the power of professional and personal growth to people around the world.
On your site, BetterUp explained more about Harry’s new role, as did the prince himself in a statement that He outlined the four key areas he will focus on in the company, reading in part:
What I have learned in my own life is the power to transform pain into purpose … what struck me about BetterUp was that the company’s mission to unleash the potential of people everywhere requires innovation, impact and integrity. His team has been doing that job for years. I was also impressed by the scale and opportunity for impact – the ability to change the lives of millions of people for the better, through a combination of human connection, leading technology, and behavioral science …
As BetterUp’s first Chief Impact Officer, my goal is fostering critical dialogues around mental health, building caring and compassionate communities, and fostering an environment for honest and vulnerable conversations. Y my hope is to help people develop their inner strength, resilience and confidence.
Harry also revealed that he has personally benefited of working with a BetterUp coach, and that he and Meghan have also provided training access to the team at their nonprofit, Archewell. “I intend to help create an impact in people’s lives,” he said in an email to WSJ.
BetterUp CEO Alexi Robichaux echoed the sentiment, telling WSJ that “it’s a meaningful and meaty role,” explaining that he and Harry started “conversations” last fall after a mutual friend introduced them. . However, Robichaux was a bit vague about exactly as meaty, simply stating that Harry will be a “corporation officer” in a non-managerial capacity who may “spend some time” at BetterUp’s San Francisco headquarters, as well as everyone’s meetings. Perhaps most telling, “Harry is also expected to appear at special company events,” WSJ reports.
Robichaux also declined to reveal how much the Duke of Sussex will earn in his new role, but it is doubtful that the Duke is in desperate need of funding at this point. Despite recent revelations to Oprah that he had been separated from the royal family and had temporarily lived on money inherited from his late mother Diana’s estate, he and Meghan also recently struck highly lucrative multi-year deals with Netflix Y Spotify, the first of which was only speculated have an approximate value of $ 100 million.
That said, the lifestyle that he had grown accustomed to as the son of the future King of England is not cheap. With a growing family of his own now, Harry is apparently ready to land a day job.
“It’s about recognizing that it is not so much what happens to us, but rather what has happened to us throughout our lives,” he told WSJ. “Often times, due to social barriers, financial difficulties or stigma, many people cannot focus on their mental health until they are forced to. I want us to get away from the idea that you have to feel broken before asking for help. “
Speaking of breakup, when it comes to Harry’s relationship with another future king of England, his brother William, it is still known whether their once strong bond will be fully repaired. An exclusive report / puff-piece published on Saturday by the London Times He stated “William misses Harry”, and a friend of the older prince told the outlet: “He’s still raw. He’s very upset about what happened, although he absolutely intends that Harry’s relationship and him will recover over time “.
Proving that the palace’s PR team definitely deserves a raise, British outgoing partner the Telegraph responded with his own coverage on Saturday, posting an interview with Seyi Obakin, OBE, a longtime friend of the prince and chief executive of the British charity Centrepoint, one of William’s royal patronages since 2005. Reinforcing Wills’ claim that royalty is “it is not a racist family“Obakin told the Telegraph:
“I have never seen a hint of racism. Never. I have worked with him in close proximity for years. ”
Obakin shared that his friendship with the prince began when the two participated in “sleeping out” together in support of the organization, adding that William, or “PW,” as Obakin calls him, had volunteered numerous times. “as part of a multi-ethnic team serving a multi-ethnic group of young people.”
“He has met my family. He has never treated us with anything but decency, dignity and respect, “added Obakin.
This is the part where we remind you that there is a world of difference between being friendly or philanthropic and welcoming someone into your immediate, elitist, historically colonial family with open arms. But hey, we’re just dumb Americans with day jobs. What do we know?