It’s been two weeks since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sat down with Oprah Winfrey for a bombshell interview that covered everything from contemplating suicide to cases of alleged monarchy racism. (Buckingham Palace is now reportedly looking for a “Tsar of Diversity”.) The couple were surprisingly open, but the conversation focused solely on the past. Meanwhile, Harry is currently working for a Silicon Valley startup.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Harry is the new Chief Impact Officer for Better Up Inc., a little-known personalized coaching company focused on career performance and mental health. (The job title is rarely used, except in the community of nonprofits.) “I intend to help make an impact on people’s lives,” Harry told the Journal via email. “Proactive coaching offers endless opportunities for personal development, increased awareness and an all-round better life.”
Such a “meaningful and meaty role”, as Alexi Robichaux, CEO of Better Up, described the position, has been in the works since last fall when he met Harry through a mutual friend. While the Duke of Sussex has no direct reports or employees to manage, Robichaux regards Harry as an “officer of the company,” which means he will attend all-hand meetings and occasionally head to Better Up’s San Francisco headquarters. (He declined to give details of Harry’s employment contract, including compensation.)
It’s no surprise Harry is looking for some other form of income, as his days of living on the royal wallet are in the past. “My family literally cut me off financially,” he told Winfrey of the consequences of resigning. “But I have what my mother left me and we couldn’t have done it without that.” The Sussexes also have major content deals with Spotify and Netflix so it looks like they’re fine.