The Duke of Sussex – who has quit royal duties with Meghan Markle for a new life in America – has taken on the role at professional coaching and mental health firm BetterUp. But news of Harry’s job was mocked by The Centre for Social Justice think tank.
The think tank tweeted: “As we have always said, work is the best route out of poverty.”
The post, which was liked more than 1,000 times, received a string of comments.
Royal commentator Camilla Tominey retweeted the post and added: “Lolz.”
Harry – who complained during his Oprah Winfrey interview that the royals cut him off financially in the wake of Megxit – said he was “really excited” to be taking on the position.
It is not clear what the role will involve, what hours he will be working or how much he will be paid.
Harry said his goal as the company’s first chief impact officer was to “lift up critical dialogues around mental health, build supportive and compassionate communities, and foster an environment for honest and vulnerable conversations”.
He said he will be focusing on driving advocacy and awareness for mental fitness, guiding the firm’s social mission, influencing the vision of its platform, community and member experience, and expanding its global community.
The Queen’s grandson, who has been open about his own mental health struggles, said: “Self-optimisation is not about fixing something that’s broken.
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Harry said: “In addition to this shared philosophy, what caught my attention about BetterUp was that the company’s mission to unlock the potential in people everywhere necessitates innovation, impact and integrity.
“Their team has been delivering on that work for years.
“I was also impressed by the scale and opportunity for impact – the ability to change millions of people’s lives for the better, through a combination of human connection, leading technology and behavioural science.”
Harry revealed he personally had found working with a BetterUp coach to be “invaluable”.
He also said the team from his and Meghan’s Archewell organisation have access to the coaching.
BetterUp’s website says it has a network of more than 2,000 coaches offering coaching in 49 languages across 66 countries, along with “interactive professional development content, analytics and real-time insights to track employee progress”.
Harry’s new role comes after his and Meghan’s controversial TV interview, which plunged the Royal Family into crisis.
The Sussexes quit royal duties in March 2020 and are now living in California.
Harry will be busy as the couple have also signed lucrative deals with Netflix and Spotify to make shows and podcasts.
During their interview, Harry told how his family “literally cut me off financially” in the first quarter of 2020.
In January of that year, Meghan and Harry said in their Megxit statement that they wanted to become financially independent.