Prince Harry Says Resigning Can Help Mental Health—2 Years After Royal Exit

Prince Harry says quitting could be a positive for jobs that don’t “bring them happy” – after he leaves his royal duties.

The Duke of Sussex has announced that he will be leaving the job he was born in nearly two years ago in January 2020.

Since then, he’s signed Netflix and Spotify deals, joined the Ethic Bank and been named Chief Impact Officer by apprenticeship app BetterUp.

Prince was asked about “job burnout and resignations” in a Q&A with Business magazine fast company.

Prince Harry said: “I found out recently thanks to a conversation with him [BetterUp science board member] Adam Grant, that a lot of the job quits you mention aren’t all bad. In fact, it is a sign that with self-awareness comes the need for change.

“So many people around the world have been stuck in jobs that didn’t bring them happiness, and now they put their mental health and happiness first. This is something to celebrate.”

The comment comes after Prince Harry stepped back from his job as a working monarch, completing his final public engagements in March 2020.

He told Oprah Winfrey that the decision came in part because of Meghan’s experiences dealing with the British media. When asked if he had left because of racism, Harry replied, “It was a big part of it.”

The Prince also told his own Apple TV documentary I can’t see it, released in May, how the couple “tried to make it work.”

He said, “It has gone to a whole new depth not only with traditional media but also through social media platforms as well. I felt completely helpless. I thought my family would help me but everyone asking, asking and warning, whatever it was, was greeted with complete silence or complete neglect .

“We spent four years trying to make it work. We did everything we could to stay there and continue to do the role and do the job, but Meghan was struggling.”

The decision to resign came five years after Harry officially left the British army, in 2015, after ten years during which he completed two tours in Afghanistan.

Meghan Markle has been a working property for two years when the couple moved to California, where they purchased a $14 million mansion in Montecito in the summer of 2020.

Prince Harry explained his role in BetterUp fast company: “When I first started with BetterUp, there was [some] Key areas I have been focusing on: advocacy leadership and awareness of mental fitness, guiding the BetterUp social mission and impact, influencing the BetterUp platform’s vision, community, and member experience, [and] Expand the BetterUp global community of thought leadership, coaches, clients, and members through communication and strategic planning.

“My work goals and mission have not changed, but every single day, at BetterUp, we have been able to raise our voice about the mission, reach more people, and generally engage with more people around the world why work related to mental fitness is so important, and how helping others reach the pinnacle of mental fitness. Their performance positively affects the entire world.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during a visit to Cardiff Castle, on January 18, 2018. Prince Harry said leaving work could be beneficial for mental health nearly two years after he resigned as a member of the royal family.
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