Prince Harry’s First Appearance Since Release Of 'Spare' Will Be At A Mental Health Summit

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Article updated on 27/01/2023: Following the controversial release of his long-awaited memoir Spare – and the numerous bombshells it contained about various members of the Royal family – it has been confirmed that Prince Harry will make his first public appearance in early March.

As part of his role as Chief Impact Officer at BetterUp, the Duke of Sussex will speak at the coaching and mental health company's Uplift summit held in San Francisco across March 7 and 8. The royal will join the likes of actress Issa Rae, restaurateur David Chang and runner Robin Arzón to discuss 'purpose, performance and human transformation,' according to a a statement.

The speech will be the first time Prince Harry has spoken publicly since releasing his memoir, but for the pre-recorded televised interviews with ITV and CBS that were released in the lead-up to the book's publication. Whether he will address the issues he discussed in Spare remains to be seen.

Article updated on 07/02/2022: During a virtual event for employee coaching platform BetterUp, which Prince Harry joined as a member of the executive team in 2021, Serena Williams revealed that she turns to the Duke of Sussex for life advice.

While speaking to the company’s CEO, Alex Robichaux, the tennis champion said: 'I know I joke a lot, but Harry is actually one of my coaches.'

'Whenever I see him, he’s always solving all my life’s problems, so I kind of give that to your BetterUp coach. It’s kind of helped me. … I’m like, "Okay, I need some more problems to solve. When can I come over? ’Cause you just always figure it out for me."'

Williams, who admitted she still has 'a little work to do' when it comes to following in Prince Harry's footsteps, shared that her biggest struggle is loosing.

'I even hate that word,' she noted.

'Because for me, if I have a loss, I actually learn so much from it. … [But] some of my best growth has come from a loss.'

Williams continued: 'Even when I’m investing in a company, I actually want to know about your losses. If you started a company before, how did you do? … Where did you kind of fail at? Because if everything was so good and so clean and so easy, then that doesn’t even build character, you know?'

Prince Harry also spoke about his wellbeing during the event, saying: 'The self-care is the first thing that drops away [when you are experiencing burnout]. I’m happy to admit that—as a husband, as a dad.'

The Duke, who said he tries to spend 30 to 45 minutes every morning focussing on himself, added: 'Okay, one of the kids has gone to school. The other one’s taking a nap. There’s a break in our program. It’s like, right, it’s either for workout, take the dog for a walk, get out in nature, maybe meditate.'

Addressing the link between life's setbacks and growth, the royal went on to say: 'If you’re in your 20s, your 30s, your 40s, and even your 50s, and you think you’ve got it sorted, then bad stuff’s gonna happen.'

Speaking about the work that BetterUp coaches do for employees, he said: 'So not only are they better at work, therefore as the employer, you are welcome, you’re getting more out of me than you thought you would.

'But also you’re creating more capacity and more ability for those individuals when they go home to show up and be the person they need to be for their friends and their community, to be the parent that they need to be for their kids.

'So it is one whole sort of cycle of connectivity that ultimately means everybody around you starts to benefit. That’s the way I see it.'

Article updated on 24/3/21:

A day after it was revealed that Prince Harry has joined forces with a mental resilience coaching firm in Silicon Valley, a second position was confirmed for the former working royal.

On Wednesday (March 24), CNN reported that the Duke of Sussex has also joined the Aspen Institute's new Commission on Information Disorder as a Commissioner. The position was also confirmed by the Commission itself on social media.

Prince Harry - who has been vocal about his concern over misinformation purported as news and the consumption of clickbait and false stories - joins 14 other commissioners as part of a six month research project into the state of 'America's misinformation and disinformation'.

Harry will join esteemed journalists like US broadcaster Katie Couric, the former director of the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Chris Krebs, the leader of civil rights organisation Colour of Change Rashad Robinson and businesswoman and academic Kathryn Murdoch, the daughter-in-law of media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

In a statement to the news outlet, Prince Harry said: 'The experience of today's digital world has us inundated with an avalanche of misinformation, affecting our ability as individuals as well as societies to think clearly and truly understand the world we live in. It's my belief that this is a humanitarian issue and as such, it demands a multi-stakeholder response from advocacy voices, members of the media, academic researchers, and both government and civil society leaders. I'm eager to join this new Aspen commission and look forward to working on a solution-oriented approach to the information disorder crisis.'

Article originally published on 23/3/21: Prince Harry has accepted a job, working for a Silicon Valley startup.

The Duke of Sussex has been appointed Chief Impact Officer of BetterUp Inc, a company which offers coaching aiming to help clients 'unleash [their] personal and professional potential' through custom support, 'strengthening mental fitness' and empowering coaching, according to its website.

The royal confirmed the news in a statement to the Wall Street Journal, saying: '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.'

The publication reports that the Prince's role will include his contribution to strategy decisions, charitable contributions and advocating publicly for positive mental health - something the father-of-one has used his platform to rally for over the past several years.

The organisation, based in San Francisco, California, was founded in 2013 and according to the WSJ works with companies like Hilton, Chevron and SalesForce.

This is one of the first solo roles for Prince Harry since he and Meghan Markle decided to step back from their roles as senior working members of the royal family and become financially independent.

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The couple have already established their charitable foundation Archewell and have signed deals with Netflix and Spotify to produce content for both of these platforms.

Earlier this month, the couple sat down with Oprah Winfrey for a personal and wide-ranging televised interview about their decision to step back as royals and move their family to the US, discussing how their relationship with the royal family currently stands too.

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