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Prince Harry to be named chief impact officer at BetterUp

Meghan Markle (right) and Prince Harry (left)

Prince Harry will be joining the Silicon Valley startup BetterUp as its chief impact officer, the company announced on Tuesday.

The Duke of Sussex wrote in a blog post on Tuesday that his goal is to “lift up critical dialogues around mental health, build supportive and compassionate communities, and foster an environment for honest and vulnerable conversations.”

He added that he will focus on driving advocacy and awareness for mental fitness, guiding the company’s social mission and impact, influencing the vision of the company’s platform and expanding its global community.

BetterUp CEO Alexi Robichaux said that 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”

The news was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, which noted that Harry will work on product strategy and charitable contributions, as well as advocate publicly on mental health topics. According to its website, BetterUp offers “personalized coaching, content, and care designed to transform lives and careers.”

Robichaux declined to tell the newspaper any of the details of Harry’s employment agreement, including compensation. But he said that the prince is joining as an “officer of the corporation.”

Robichaux further told the newspaper that he won’t manage employees, but is likely to spend time at the company’s headquarters once it is safe. He is also expected to appear at special events for the company.

Harry and his wife, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, officially stepped down as senior members of the British royal family earlier this year.

During a recent interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan revealed that she’d had suicidal thoughts after marrying Harry and that the royal family did not give her access to mental health resources after she reached out.

The couple entered a multiyear deal in December to create podcasts for Spotify through their production company Archewell Audio.

They also signed a separate multiyear deal with Netflix in September to create documentaries, feature films and scripted shows. The terms and compensation of the deals are also unclear. 

— Updated at 12:25 p.m.

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