Since making the history-shaking decision to step down from his senior working role within the royal family, Prince Harry (along with his wife, Meghan Markle) has been looking for ways to become financially independent. We know that he and the Duchess of Sussex have already signed deals with Netflix and Spotify, and that they're continuing to work on charitable endeavours through their organisation, Archewell.
Now, however, Prince Harry has gone one step further and added another string to his business bow, by bagging himself a job at BetterUp Inc, a Silicon Valley start-up. He even has a very official new title (to add to his many others): Chief Impact Officer.
Sorry but we're absolutely obsessed with the idea of him having a Zoom interview ahead of joining BetterUp Inc's team? And imagine the email that was sent around the pre-existing staff; 'Hi all, We have a newbie joining the team... Prince Harry (who is cc'd in now) - welcome Harry! Reminder to everyone: don't, like, be weird around him or anything!'.
As for what BetterUp Inc actually do, according to The Wall Street Journal (who reported the news of the Duke of Sussex's ascending career trajectory) it's a "fast-growing coaching and mental health firm".
When asked via email what he plans to do with his new role, Harry said: "I intend to help create impact in people’s lives. Proactive coaching provides endless possibilities for personal development, increased awareness, and an all-round better life."
As part of his new position at the company, the Duke will be weighing in on things like product strategy decisions and charitable contributions, as well as being a public advocate on all things mental health (something he's had plenty of practice at through his work at Heads Together, a mental health initiative spearheaded by Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge).
While Harry won't be anybody's line manager and his salary remains private, WSJ have confirmed that his role is an important one – according to BetterUp's CEO Alexi Robichaux, "It’s a meaningful and meaty role."
Robichaux added that he and the Prince were introduced via a mutual friend and have been conversations for a few months.
Congratulations on your new role, Harry!
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