Prince Harry warning: 'Americans won't take notice' of Duke's 'elitist' professional work


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The Duke of Sussex shocked the world in July after announcing he was writing his memoirs. Set to be published in 2022, many claim they will contain further untold secrets of his time in The Firm, as well as shedding light on various Royal Family mysteries. While a large number of people eagerly await the book, others say Harry and Meghan Markle should refrain from constantly drip-feeding information about their private lives into the public domain.

The most recent high-profile name to say they should “know better” is former Top Gear star James May, who claimed the pair’s airing of their problems was “distasteful”.

Since leaving the Royal Family in 2020, and tossing aside their senior royal duties earlier this year, Meghan and Harry have offered the world several interviews in which they revealed shocking alleged details about their previous three years, as well as Harry’s experiences as a child and accusations against members of the Royal Family.

However, leaving has enabled them to pursue their much sought after private lives, and private incomes.

Harry has secured a considerable amount of work in recent months.

Prince Harry: A US commentator claimed 'Americans won't take notice' of the Duke's BetterUp work

Prince Harry: A US commentator claimed ‘Americans won’t take notice’ of the Duke’s BetterUp work (Image: GETTY)

Memoirs: The royal announced that he was writing his memoirs last month

Memoirs: The royal announced that he was writing his memoirs last month (Image: GETTY)

This year, he was given the role of Chief Impact Officer at mental health company, BetterUp.

Around the same time, he was also appointed to the Aspen Institute’s new Commission on Information Disorder, his mission to combat what he described as an “avalanche of misinformation”.

While these were largely received as steps in the right direction for Harry – who has never had a job – others claimed that the roles would do little for the everyday person.

Marlene Koenig, a veteran royal expert, told Express.co.uk that average Americans “won’t take notice” of Harry’s work at BetterUp, specifically, because the role is not involved with helping normal people.

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BetterUp: The building where the company Harry was given a role is located

BetterUp: The building where the company Harry was given a role is located (Image: GETTY)

BetterUp looks to coach individuals, teams, and organisations in order to “optimise your well-being and performance,” as well as focusing on key areas like, “reducing stress, increasing resilience, improving focus and increasing team agility”.

Originally a corporate focused organisation, individuals can now pay $499 (£364) per month for the full experience, with a reduced “early interest” offer of $249 (£181) available until the end of 2021.

Ms Koenig’s words will likely come as a blow for the Duke, who has previously said he took the various Silicon Valley roles in order to help society from the ills and evils of the day.

She explained: “The job with BetterUp is, to me, a name on the letterhead.

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Private lives: The pair have successfully secured the private lives they sought

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“I had to laugh at some of the things; personally I was thinking about how this is a company where executives of big companies and higher up people learn mental health training: but what about the average worker in those companies?

“What about Hilton? Do they have any benefits? No, they’re still not making very good wages, and so on.

“It came off as a bit elitist to me.

“And the fact that they’re giving themselves 20 weeks maternity and paternity leave – we don’t have paid paternity leave in the US.

Royal romance: The pair met in 2016 and were married just three years later

Royal romance: The pair met in 2016 and were married just three years later (Image: Express Newspapers)

“It’s up to your employer, it’s great, but the average American can’t relate to it.

“And so I don’t think the work and this is something Americans will know about or won’t take interest in.”

Meanwhile, Meghan and Harry are preparing to celebrate the Duchess’ 40th birthday this week.

Montecito: Reports suggest they will celebrate Meghan's 40th in their multimillion dollar mansion

Montecito: Reports suggest they will celebrate Meghan’s 40th in their multimillion dollar mansion (Image: GETTY)

She turns 40 on Wednesday and will mark the event at the pair’s multimillion Montecito mansion in California, with reports having suggested they have opted against a glitzy and glamorous star-studded night out.

Instead, they will transform their home into the venue, courtesy of celebrity party planner, Colin Cowie, according to Mail Online.

The event is expected to be frequented by some of their A-lister friends, including Oprah Winfrey, who they sat down with this April and tore into the Royal Family, alleging racism and a failure to help Meghan with her mental health struggles.



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