Prince Harry took the stage last night, this time to promote a Silicon Valley Tinder-esque life coaching app, where he praised Meghan, the Queen and his mother Princess Diana, declaring: ‘Helping people gets me’ out of bed in the morning.
Harry was hired in March 2021 as the Chief Impact Officer of San Francisco-based start-up BetterUp, where he would reportedly receive a six-figure salary and stock options from the company of $5 billion.
Just days after an online Q&A to promote his memoir, the Duke of Sussex took part in a $1,000-per-capita summit with CEO Alexi Robichaux kicking off with a bizarre rap trio spewing rhymes about the price of eggs while HR professionals remained silent. watched.
Harry then walked onto the stage in Nob Hill, San Francisco, where his boss, Mr. Robichaux, urged company executives in the room to “rethink work as a playscape” and “instill awe in your staff.” Harry added: ‘For me personally, I get so much out of helping other people. That’s what gets me out of bed every morning.’
The Duke kept his comments largely anonymous in the 30-minute chat after weeks of explosive claims in Spare, including accusing King Charles of making him ‘suffer’ as a child and accusing Prince William of assault during an argument over Meghan’s treatment of others. Harry also talked about killing Taliban fighters, using cocaine and even losing his virginity to an elderly woman in a field behind a pub.
Last night, on International Women’s Day, he said of his life, “I’ve been lucky enough to be surrounded by strong, empowered, confident women all my life. I wish more women were in senior management positions. Less testosterone in the chamber – which I think would be a good thing.
Prince Harry took part in a live-streamed conversation with the founder of coaching firm BetterUp on Wednesday night, which appointed him Chief Impact Officer in March 2021
Harry spoke with Alexi Robichaux, who co-founded the company in 2013
He also referred to his kids – Archie, three, and Lilibet, who turns two in June. “Children ground you,” Harry said. ‘The longer you’re there, the more filters you have in life.’
The 39-year-old Duke of Sussex spoke to the CEO of online coaching company BetterUp, Alexi Robichaux, at the end of a meeting of HR professionals coordinated by the company.
And on Wednesday, he diligently promoted the brand, telling Robichaux he offered BetterUp’s services to all his employees at his own company Archewell, adding, “I’ve seen firsthand what coaching can do.”
Perhaps the most notable note was played by the emcees and comperes, who performed a cringe-rap before the Prince and Robichaux took the stage, musing on the price of eggs.
A member of the warm-up act invited a woman on stage and first asked her about her favorite pronouns – inviting her to recount her day at the convention.
Harry and Robichaux then took the stage – both gentlemen in jeans and jackets.
“Alexis is going to start with a rap,” Harry joked.
Members of the public were invited to submit written questions, and the pair then embarked on a self-indulgent discussion about the company.
Harry praised his wife and children (pictured in the UK last June) as he spoke about mental health in California
Rappers took the stage to entertain the crowd of HR professionals before the Prince and Robichaux appeared
Robichaux welcomes Harry on stage
Robichaux was asked why he hired the prince.
He said he and his co-founder, Eddie Medina, asked themselves an important question.
“Who are celebrities in the world, who are leaders, who are talking about this — and it was a very, very short list,” Robichaux said.
“Actually, it was one person.”
Robichaux told Harry, “It was a dream come true to work with you.”
The Prince was a little less than thrilled when asked why he had started working with BetterUp and replied, “Because that’s all I’ve been offered.”
Laughing, he then said he appreciated BetterUp’s focus on both doing good and making a profit.
When asked what role coaching had played in his life, Harry did not mention the immense family trauma he recently revealed in his memoir, Spare, but said it was his time in the military that showed the power of coaching.
“But I promise we won’t yell at you,” he said. “Unless you asked.”
Harry answered questions submitted in writing by attendees
The 38-year-old steered clear of controversial topics in his 30-minute chat
He made a brief reference to “my wife,” but did not expand.
Asked about holding the event on International Women’s Day, Harry praised the women in his life – and seemed to take a slight swipe at his father, King Charles, and brother Prince William, whom he described in his book.
The pair joked throughout the rest of the session — a dialogue filled with Silicon Valley buzzwords, with Robichaux announcing at one point that he wanted to do “plus one thing you said.”
A stunned Harry asked, “Plus?!”
Robichaux replied, “Plus. Add to it and make it a little better.’
Robichaux urged attendees to “rethink work as a playscape” and “instill awe in your staff.”
Harry added: ‘For me personally, I get so much out of helping other people. That’s what gets me out of bed every morning.’
It’s not Harry’s first attempt to promote the brand.
In February 2022, he sat down with Robichaux and Serena Williams to discuss the company at another live-streamed event.
And in July 2022, he interviewed three different people for a short film — including two-time Olympic gold medalist Chloe Kim — about their own mental health practices while promoting the company’s online life coaching services.
“We all have greatness in us,” the father of two says at the beginning of the five-minute film.
“Mental fitness helps us unlock it. It’s an ongoing practice, one where you approach your mind as something to bend, not to fix.’
The world according to Prince Harry! Tips from the Duke of Sussex to achieve ‘mental fitness’
Striving for the pinnacle of MENTAL FITNESS: ‘Mental fitness is the ultimate, that’s what you go for. The road to get there can be quite bumpy… it’s called inner ‘work’ for a reason.’
INNER WORK: “With everything else around you, the only way you can fight [burnout] and building resilience for the outside world and your whole environment is the inner work… The outer work becomes so much easier when you get a grip on the inner work… When everyone [had time] To do [inner work]the shift in global awareness and consciousness would be huge, it would be huge.”
DAILY MEDITATION: ‘I know I have to meditate every day… Say it [into your daily routine] like brushing your teeth every morning… You have to write it down as a habit in your diary, otherwise it’s the first thing that falls away from your busy day.’
DAILY ME TIME: “I’ve now spent about half an hour and 45 minutes in the morning, when one child is at school and the other is taking a nap, there is a break in our program. It’s like it’s for a workout, walking the dog, going out into nature, maybe meditating. I would hope everyone could.’
LISTEN TO LESSONS FROM THE UNIVERSE: “Life is about learning and when you’re in your 20s, 30s, 40s and even 50s and you think you’ve got it done, bad things are going to happen. But when something bad happens, I think: there’s a lesson in this, I’m being taught by the universe, there’s something I can learn.’
TURN NEGATIVES INTO POSITIVE: “All the bad things – or the things you think are bad – that happen can also be good.”
SURROUND YOURSELF WITH MENTAL COACHES: “You need someone there who not only coaches you through life, but also challenges your perspective. That’s what I’m asking [my mental coach] for on a weekly basis… Professional help, friends, family, everyone can help you in that coaching process [and give you] the ability to find someone else to shake off ideas, feelings or thoughts.’
SWIPE YOUR MENTAL WINDSCREEN: “Have different points of view in your life and friends who won’t worry about pushing back on things you say or feel to encourage you to see it more clearly. I think of that as trying to surround myself with people who like to wash [my mental] windshield and remove those filters… There’s an endless filtering system of what you think is happening.’
MAKE A MENTAL TOOLBOX: “I know how my nervous system will react to certain situations beyond my control, [so I think], what do I have in my toolbox? Which tools can help me deal with this?’
SHARPEN YOUR MENTAL SUPERPOWER: “Life is about discovering. In that discovery, you’re going to find things that you don’t like, you’re going to find things that make you uncomfortable, that push you back constantly, but as you work your way around those things, all of a sudden the stress, the chaos, and all the things that go against you worked in your life, whether it was private, whether it was work… all the things that got in your way fall away or you visualize them and are able to turn a negative into a positive and let those things go therefore work for you. It almost feels like a superpower.’