Is Prince Harry qualified for BetterUp job? 'A glorified ribbon cutter' not suited for the role, says Internet

Harry joining Silicon Valley start-up BetterUp Inc. as its chief impact officer has led many to question the rationale behind his hiring

                            Is Prince Harry qualified for BetterUp job? 'A glorified ribbon cutter' not suited for the role, says Internet
Prince Harry (Getty Images)

News of Prince Harry joining Silicon Valley start-up BetterUp Inc. as its chief impact officer continued to do the rounds on social media. This development comes amid the scandal caused by Harry and Meghan Markle's interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this month.

BetterUp Inc. is a coaching and mental health platform. It was recently valued at $1.73 billion following a $125 million investment round. This is Prince Harry's first official role at a private company after he stepped down from being a working member of the royal family. Twitter, on its part, was irked with the developments and questioned his qualities and work experience to land a major role.


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"He looks like a cave man... Completely unemployable if it wasn't for his royal background.. Diana would be embarrassed "Prince Harry takes job as executive at Silicon Valley startup," read one of the tweets. "I would like to know what is his back ground & what education he holds in mental health, seriously? Because he has name, then he's entitled to hold an office title without a degree? Please, don't make a mockery of the mental health by planting someone with a name as its head," another seconded.

"Product strategy decisions? Based on what experience and qualifications? The Royal Family are glorified ribbon cutters," one of the people wrote. "After Prince Harry virtue signaled on race and threw his grandmother and family under the racial train, silicon valley rewards him with high paying job with new startup. Salary reported to be thirty pieces of silver," another said, referencing the betrayal of Jesus by Judas.

Oprah Winfrey interviews Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on A CBS Primetime Special premiering on CBS on March 7, 2021 (Getty Images)

"What a surprise… "Prince Harry takes job as executive at Silicon Valley startup" Bad choice, Harry, a VERY bad choice," one of the comments read. One section of the audience felt he wasn't suited for the role. "Not sure how a privileged former Royal can make an impact on people trying to better themselves? If anything, his impact will be negative."

"Is this meritocracy? Does he has the necessary academic qualifications for this job? Isn't there someone out there with the required qualifications who need a job? Was it advertised? Here they'd label it nepotism, corruption, etc... @KathleenNdongmo," one of the people opined. Another added: "I like the way he’s breaking out on his own, freeing himself of the antiquated shackles of the monarchy. Then, using his title to land a cushy job as a figurehead. The hypocrisy is quite laughable! Working 9 to 5 hahaha"










Welcoming Harry, Alexi Robichaux, CEO of BetterUp wrote, "It is with great pleasure and excitement that we welcome our first Chief Impact Officer: Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex. We are energized by his model of inspiration and impact through action."

"As a true citizen of the world, he has dedicated his life’s work to bringing attention to the diverse needs of people everywhere and advocating for mental health initiatives: from founding the Invictus Games, a platform for service personnel to use sport as part of their psychological and physical rehabilitation, to launching Sentebale, which supports the mental health and wellbeing of young people affected by HIV in Lesotho and Botswana."

He added: "As a member of the BetterUp executive team, Prince Harry will expand on the work he’s been doing for years, as he educates and inspires our community and champions the importance of focusing on preventative mental fitness and human potential worldwide."

Harry completed his education in 2003 at Eton with two A-levels. Post his graduation, he attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. According to Cheatsheet, Harry spent almost a year in training before joining the Blues and Royals regiment in the British Army. He isn't exactly a novice when the topic is mental health. In 2016, he initiated the mental health awareness campaign "Heads Together", encouraging people to open up about their mental health issues. In 2019, it was announced that he was working with Oprah on an Apple TV+ documentary on mental health, a news which she confirmed during the interview with the couple.

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