As part of his job in the made-up role of chief impact officer of the coaching and mental health firm BetterUp, Prince Harry recently shared his belief that the epidemic of job resignations is a sign that people are taking their mental health more seriously and want a job that gives them joy.
Perhaps the information could be useful, but it sounds foolish coming from a man who has never held a real job a day in his life and has been able to skirt to success on the back of his family name.
Generally, blood royals are incredibly privileged people who never had to work an honest day’s labor and are given this outsized platform to speak on the world stage. Most know and understand the immense privilege of their position and do the best they can to connect with the everyman and try to tread carefully around certain topics to avoid sounding out of touch.
Harry had no such barometer.
After a year living in a gated multimillion-dollar mansion in one of the wealthiest communities in the United States, Harry now knows what it’s like to be a salaried man.
As part of his interview with the Fast Company, Harry parroted information given to him by BetterUp, including: “I’ve actually discovered recently, courtesy of a chat with [BetterUp science board member] Adam Grant, that a lot of the job resignations you mention aren’t all bad.
“In fact, it is a sign that with self-awareness comes the need for change.
“Many people around the world have been stuck in jobs that didn’t bring them joy, and now they’re putting their mental health and happiness first.
“This is something to be celebrated.”
Prince Harry is the wrong messenger, and BetterUp should know better than to let a spoiled royal make such a tone-deaf statement.
He’s never known what it’s like to have a terrible boss that makes your life difficult or how challenging it can be to get the kids to school and yourself to work on time. The guy couldn’t even hawk it with his own family in one of the easiest jobs in the world, being a royal and going on taxpayer funded trips to promote your interests and charities.
For him to now imply that if a person does not like their job or it doesn’t give them joy then they should simply quit is ridiculous and an utterly privileged statement for someone with infinite resources and no grasp on real life.
Granted, a lot of people are quitting right now to set up their own businesses, but are they doing so with a fallback plan? Do they have enough in savings? Can they survive?
And what about those people who must stay in a job they don’t like because they have a contract to fill or need this job to put food on the table?
Harry has no idea what it’s like to live in the real world, and Meghan Markle is no better. At this point, their egos are so inflated that they are slowly beginning to breach the outer atmosphere.
His job title of chief impact officer with BetterUp is basically a glorified role given to the ex-royal to make him feel important and give them an excuse to put him on the pay roll so he can pedal their material.
After spending a decent amount of time with Harry, BetterUp executives probably know his ability to grasp the complexities of the situation are minimal and its really Meghan pulling the strings of the entire operation.