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Wealth Prince Harry Joins A Silicon Valley Start-Up

Prince Harry Joins A Silicon Valley Start-Up

Prince Harry Joins A Silicon Valley Start-Up
By Chananya De Ruiter
March 26, 2021
The Duke of Sussex takes on a new job title as chief impact officer at BetterUp, an online coaching and mental health firm

Since leaving his role as a senior royal, Prince Harry has been diving headfirst into the working world outside the palace. Now, after moving to California with Meghan, he has taken on a job as chief impact officer at Silicon Valley start-up BetterUp. BetterUp is a professional coaching platform with a goal to "fuel whole person growth through individual coaching and custom support," according to the company's site.

In his own blog post, Harry said he joined BetterUp because he believes "that focusing on and prioritising our mental fitness unlocks potential and opportunity that we never knew we had inside of us." The prince's role at BetterUp will focus on giving "input into initiatives including product strategy decisions and charitable contributions," according to an announcement on Wall Street Journal. Also serving as a public advocate, Harry told the Journal in an email, "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."

He wrote, "This is about acknowledging that it isn't so much what is wrong with us, but more about what has happened to us over the course of life. Often because of societal barriers, financial difficulty, or stigma, too many people aren't able to focus on their mental health until they're forced to. I want us to move away from the idea that you have to feel broken before reaching out for help."

In a recent tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey on CBS, Harry revealed the struggles he and Meghan endured as part of the royal family, including racism and negative media attention, and explained their decision to leave their roles and move to the US. 

See also: Are Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Quitting Social Media For Good?

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