The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, has joined Silicon Valley startup – BetterUp – as its Chief Impact Officer, a spokesperson for the Duke confirms.
BetterUp is a US$1.7 billion start-up that provides coaching and mental health services to clients. According to the company’s website, Prince Harry is listed as part of its leadership team, describing him as a “humanitarian, military veteran, mental wellness advocate, and environmentalist.”
The embattled Prince joins the start-up weeks after he and his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, had an interview with Oprah Winfrey, where they detailed their decision to exit the United Kingdom, and step down from senior roles in the British royal family.
The couple, who are living in California, also addressed the strain that royal life had on their mental health.
The news of Prince Harry’s new job, which was first reported by Wall Street Journal, states that at BetterUp, Prince Harry is expected to give input into product strategy decisions, charitable contributions, and advocate publicly on topics related to mental health.
Wall Street Journal added that BetterUp has declined to comment on how much Harry would be paid. However, BetterUp CEO, Alexi Robichaux, told the Wall Street Journal that “it’s a meaningful and meaty role.”
The prince expanded on his reasons for joining BetterUp in a company blog post, saying he recognized a “shared passion” for helping people in Robichaux.
“What caught my attention about BetterUp was that the company’s mission to unlock the potential in people everywhere necessitates innovation, impact, and integrity. Their team has been delivering on that work for years,” Prince Harry said.
Harry also said he had personally benefited from coaching provided by BetterUp.
“I’ve personally found working with a BetterUp coach to be invaluable. I was matched with a truly awesome coach who has given me sound advice and a fresh perspective,” Prince Harry added in the blog post.
The prince has also taken on another big job since departing the United Kingdom.
Digital music, podcast, and video streaming service, Spotify has an exclusive partnership with Archewell Audio, a production company founded by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.