Prince Harry takes new job at San Francisco-based company

Anya Meyerowitz
·3-min read
Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images
Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images

During his, now infamous, interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this month, Prince Harry — alongside wife Meghan Markle — explained to the TV host that his family had 'completely' cut him off financially. And while his statement was received with varying levels of sympathy from the public, the Prince has continued to take steps in supporting his family by taking on a new job.

The Duke of Sussex will become chief impact officer at the coaching and mental health firm, BetterUp. The San Francisco-based company announced the news via its website, writing: 'It is with great pleasure and excitement that we welcome our first Chief Impact Officer: Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex.'

BetterUp's CEO, Alexi Robichaux outlined his excitement at seeing Prince Harry take up the role, explaining: 'We are energised 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.'

As part of his role, the duke will advocate publicly on topics related to mental health and will also be involved in initiatives including product strategy decisions and charitable contributions.

'I intend to help create impact in people’s lives,' he told the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the news.

He added: 'Proactive coaching provides endless possibilities for personal development, increased awareness, and an all-round better life.'

As well as touching upon his own mental health during the CBS interview, which aired in the UK on 8th March, the Prince has previously spoken out about his own personal struggle to come to terms with the sudden death of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, when he was just 12-years-old.

As the 36-year-old wrote for the BetterUp website, '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.'

'As a member of the BetterUp executive team, Prince Harry will expand on the work he’s been doing for years, as he educates and inspires our community and champions the importance of focusing on preventative mental fitness and human potential worldwide,' Alexi explains.

We think congratulations are in order — we wonder if he'll be taking part in the Friday work drinks?

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