Prince Harry ‘on seven-figure salary’ as he jokes about Royal work experience
Prince Harry could be on a seven-figure salary after bagging his first job since quitting as a senior royal.
The Duke of Sussex, 36, on Tuesday joked about being sixth in line to throne as he was named "Chief Impact Officer" at a Silicon Valley mental health app.
Bosses at BetterUp Inc refused to disclose his pay but similar roles have salaries starting at more than £1,000,000, the Sun reports.
The life-coaching app offers mobile-based coaching, counselling and mentorship for employees of large businesses.
Harry joked that being a prince wasn't a work option on the app which is used by corporate giants including Facebook and Google.
He said it was a “bit awkward” filling out its initial questionnaire as he had no corporate work experience and being sixth in line to the throne was not covered.
He went on: “I was matched with my coach who, quite frankly, is truly awesome and has always given me sound advice.
“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.”
Harry’s work package also offers five “inner work” days a year where BetterUp employees are encouraged to focus on “personalised growth” through activities such as hiking or reading books.
Harry added: “As the Royal Marine Commandos say, ‘It’s a state of mind’. We all have it in us.”
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The prince said “lifting up critical dialogues”, “equipping people to thrive” and “self-optimisation” as part of his role which will see him appear at events and attend HQ meetings once Covid restrictions lift.
The app was co-founded in 2013 by Alexi Robichaux and allows users to scroll through profiles of therapists and life coaches and select a match like dating app Tinder.
The business values itself at £1.2billion, having secured £217million from venture capitalists.
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The Duke of Sussex will work alongside Duke Daehling who is BetterUp's sales vice-president.
Royal author Tom Quinn believes his new job is ill-advised, adding: “It’s going to upset a lot of people who’ll accuse him of selling his status and name.”
Mr Robichaux said it became clear during chats with Harry “that we hold a similar philosophy on mental health: that we must proactively take care of our minds”.
Getting the appointment past other execs was “not hard”, he said, adding: “He will obviously have the whole organisation sprinting to help him.”
The Sussexes have been contacted or comment.
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