Since Prince Harry joined BetterUp as CIO, their valuation has doubled

One of the things that is underrated about Prince Harry is that he actually does have a Midas Touch, and he is an “ideas man” in Don Draper-parlance. Harry has very good instincts for what will work in a business sense and a charitable sense. Think about what a gamble the Invictus Games could have been, but he figured out a way to do it and do it as a business, with a real CEO and real corporate sponsors, all of which are happy to be part of the Invictus team. So it is with Travalyst, Harry’s big idea for introducing more eco-friendly standards into travel and vacations. Several days ago, Google announced that in partnership with Travalyst, they would feature information on carbon-usage of all of the flights featured on their Google Flights search engine. Richard Holden, Google’s vice president of travel products, wrote: “It’s critical that people can find consistent and accurate carbon emissions estimates no matter where they want to research or book their trip. That’s why we recently joined the Travalyst coalition, where we’ll help develop an open model for calculating carbon emissions from air travel and promote standardization across the travel industry using this framework.”

So all of that is pretty great, especially as people are now traveling more for business and pleasure as travel bans are removed internationally. But what about Harry’s job with BetterUp? In March, Harry announced his position as BetterUp’s Chief Impact Officer. While BetterUp is not a publicly traded company, there’s enough data and reporting to suggest that Harry’s involvement with BetterUp fundamentally changed the business. They’ve gotten hundreds of millions of dollars in new investment, and now the company is worth almost $5 billion.

BetterUp said on Friday it had raised $300 million in a late- stage funding round led by Wellington Management, ICONIQ Growth and Lightspeed Venture Partners, bringing the mental health startup’s valuation to nearly $5 billion. The San Francisco-based company, which hired Prince Harry as its chief impact officer in March, provides employee coaching and mental health assistance through its mobile app.

Existing investors including Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund Mubadala Investment Company, Salesforce.com Inc’s (CRM.N) investment arm Salesforce Ventures, Sapphire Ventures and others also participated in the Series E round.

“We are in the midst of the great global awakening surrounding hybrid work, mental health and well-being… it’s clear that every organization and employee critically need support, growth and transformation,” Alexi Robichaux, co-founder and chief executive officer, said in a statement. The current round follows BetterUp’s $125 million Series D round in February, which valued the company at $1.7 billion. It counts high-profile names including Chevron Corp (CVX.N), Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc (HLT.N), Snap Inc (SNAP.N) and NASA among its enterprise customers.

[From Reuters]

LOL. So BetterUp’s valuation in February of this year was $1.7 billion and now almost $5 billion? BetterUp has substantially expanded into Europe as well, and they’ve probably added even more corporate clients who want their employees to have access to life coaching. While the product is good and the product speaks for itself, even the haters kind of have to admit that Harry’s name carried weight, and that BetterUp received tens of millions of dollars’ worth of free publicity from hiring Harry, which they parlayed into hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of actual investment capital. Harry is so badass.

harry armchair2

Prince Harry during the start of the new partnership between Booking.com, Ctrip, TripAdvisor and Visa

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red, Backgrid, Instagram.

Related stories

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

100 Responses to “Since Prince Harry joined BetterUp as CIO, their valuation has doubled”

Comments are Closed

We close comments on older posts to fight comment spam.

  1. Pao says:

    Chief impact officer is impacting.

  2. Miranda says:

    I really wish that, every time Harry has some sort of speaking or other public arrangement, he’d walk onstage to “All I Do Is Win”, just to troll his racist family. They always underestimated him and completely wasted his talents (Meghan’s, too!).

    https://youtu.be/GGXzlRoNtHU

    • Laura-Lee MacDonald says:

      Hahaha! If they are together, they can walk out to Queens “We are the Champions”, classic and applicable.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      @ Miranda, I am SO loving you today!!!! You have made me so frikin’ happy with your post!!!!

      You too @ Laura-Lee MacDonald!!!! You guys hitting every note there is to play!!!

      I am sending you ALL virtual hugs and excellent juju!!!!!

  3. Laura-Lee MacDonald says:

    As a mental health professional who was part of the beginning phases of a (far inferior) version of Better Up, most companies interested in paying for the app were deflecting from the poor wages, lack of benefits, and toxic corporate cultures that were impacting their staff in a tremendous way. Our app wasn’t going to help their workers, but it made the bosses look good. I am hopeful that more conversations around the value of workers and the need for more just and equitable work spaces PLUS apps like Better Up will truly help people.

    • Simone says:

      Thanks for saying that. 4 week paid annual leave, 2 week paid sick leave, maternity & paternity leave, compassionate leave, liveable wage. 38 hr work week. There you go, happier employees. My friend who works in America took 2 weeks leave to go overseas & it was treated like she was leaving everyone in the lurch. She was told she had to be available on email since she was taking “extended leave.”

      • Laura-Lee MacDonald says:

        Yes! Ugh. I’m now part of an excellent and well-managed community health team, but one of the younger staffers keeps logging in on her days off to answer emails and messages and I keep hollering at her to stop it. Lololol Her previous job was brutal about being at the beck and call of her managers and she’s still unlearning that.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ Simone, we should not always be at the mercy of our employer, whether it’s once we are home or on vacation, corporations have worked us to the bones already. There is zero reason why employees are not cared for properly today. Greed and the refusal to help keeping American families healthier and a more balanced lifestyle is no longer a driving force for corporations, or any entity holding the wealth.

    • Chelsea says:

      I’ve never used their app so I’m not sure what they focus on but a lot of their tweets and blog posts do point to telling managers to not burn their employees out and to give them time off ,proper benefits and compensation, and to treat them like humans.

      Everyone on here was very mad when it was announced that Harry was taking paternal leave but ignored the fact that it was stated it was in line with BetterUp and Archewell’s leave policies and that they were encouraging their own employees to take the time that was offered to them. I’m of the firm belief that we should not be relying on individual companies “graciousness” but should instead legislate mandatory parental, grief, health, and personal leave but until that happens private companies like theirs pulling their slack is fine by me.

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        @Chelsea, I looked back at the parental leave post from June 8, 2021 and not everyone here was very mad. There was some trolling of the idea of him/them taking leave when they are wealthy. Majority of posts appeared to support the leave.

      • Kkat says:

        It was only the trolls and the haters pushing Harry as weak and damaged that were big mad. All the normal people were positive about it. both for his welfare and as the example he was setting for people in lower positions in the companies

      • iconoclast59 says:

        I don’t begrudge Harry his paternal leave, but as a child-free person who’s worked pretty much non-stop since 1981, I think, where’s MY leave?!? My company is very parent-friendly, but sometimes I feel at a distinct disadvantage to my co-workers with children. Unlike them, I never felt like I could ask to come in late, skip out early, or take extended leave like they routinely do for the sake of their children. It would be nice if companies acknowledged that EVERYONE should have the opportunity to step back and recharge; childbirth/child-rearing shouldn’t be the only sanctioned reason to do so.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      @ Laura-Lee MacDonald, thank you for pointing the obvious problems out with regards to the working conditions here in the USA. We are all working hard for the standard of wages to pay for basic housing, medical care, and feeding our families, it’s tiring and exhausting. We, as the majority of the American work force, should not have to struggle this much.

      Corporations have created toxic environments within our lives, that we can’t possibly continue to carry the entire burden. There was once a time that wages kept up with inflation, but that scenario disappeared in the 1970’s. We now longer have equity between housing, wages and inflation. This lifestyle has become a myth.

      Whether it’s wages, education, AND our percentage of the taxes we are paying v the 2%, it’s time for the shift to happen.

      • Laura-Lee MacDonald says:

        Americans have it pretty damn bad, I agree @bothsidesnow. I am Canadian, and we are enjoy a year of divisible paid parental leave, our beloved but beleaguered universal health care, and considerably lower post-secondary education costs. It is a good place, compared to our neighbours. The trap here is complacency spurred by “Could be worse! Look at the States!” and the lack of acknowledgment of the ills we also have. I hope that the knowledge that it CAN and SHOULD be better continues to fuel progressive change. I had a year off for maternity leave and I don’t know how I would have coped without it.

        Now: you all turfed the King way back in the day (triggering my family’s exodus to Upper Canada from New England, actually) and for that, I envy you. I come here largely to hear others snark on the RF with me and it delights me.

      • Malificent says:

        I work in the US for an international, UK-based company. One of my co-workers in the UK posted an article in our company intranet about her experience as a first-time mom during the pandemic. It was a very nice article, and included discussion of her 6-month maternity leave. I remember reading it and thinking that my experiences as a new mom in the US involved crying in the bathroom at work because I had to leave my 3-month old and it felt like an amputation. And having to choose between putting my son in day care at 6 weeks or going without a paycheck for 6 weeks. (My company gives “average” maternity benefits for a medium-sized US office — 6 weeks paid leave and an option for 6 weeks unpaid. US companies with more than 50 people are legally required to offer 12 weeks of leave, but they aren’t obligated to pay your salary for any of it.)

    • Flying Fish says:

      Excellent point,

    • ANON says:

      Thank you for stating the obvious problems with this company. Prince Harry normalizing mental health care is a good thing. But companies like BetterUp are profiting in the gap where we need actual social services and worker protections. Part of the reason they’re so profitable is the lack of affordable and accessible mental health care in the US and overall abysmal quality of life. They’re the equivalent of those Amazon “mindfulness pods.”

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        But what are the obvious problems with BetterUp? To me, part of the reason why they are successful IS because they are fulfilling a need. Sure, the argument could be made about the lack of this and that overall but that’s not solving anything in the interim. Can you really say it’s the equivalent of “mindfulness pods” without having experienced what they have to offer? People I know that are mindful on a daily basis seem to also practice self-awareness. Something the BRF gets a F- in.

  4. Over it says:

    We have Harry the better brother and then we have mr.incandescent, the other brother.

  5. Jan says:

    When the Queen is not around the Fab 4 will have to carry around a cardboard cut out of her to get attention.
    They have been bombarding Scotland with visits, now 5 of them at one time.
    Guess the ratings for Earthshot on the BBC were not earth shattering because the BM didn’t mention it. So sad.
    Can you imagine if Harry’s family paid attention to him, like they did to Cain, still all the good it did for him.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Jan they’re totally going to “Weekend at Bernie’s” the Queen for as long as they possibly can

      • Cessily says:

        “Weekend at Bernie’s” the Queen…🤣😂🤣

        That image is now stuck in my head as I’m laughing.. it is a morbid Sunday morning. Thank you for the laugh.

      • Giddy says:

        Now I have a mental picture of a Bernie-style Queen with a tiara drunkenly listing over her forehead. Thank you!

      • GRUEY says:

        We’re going to get about two decades of “the Queen would have wanted” articles (and by implication who gives a fuck about the current King or what he wants). You thought it got silly with Phillip? The Daily Mail will literally hire shamans and tarot card readers as commentators.

    • vs says:

      In a way, one can pity W…..had he not been so jealous of his brother and Meghan, having them work together would have been so much better for him

      I’m not british so I am not his intended audience, but that got to stink that anything H does gets the entire world press talking while people are indifferent to his pathetic attempt at working

      If only W&K embrace whom they are….they should do more of the bread and butter events, it is more in their wheelhouse and leave the projects to the likes of H&M. Although W seems to struggle connecting with people; same for his wife! I think it is because people want to represent them as perfect instead of actual human beings!

      Sometimes, I wish the royalists who spend their time hating on H&M could actually SUPPORT the working royals….that’s when you know that those people don’t really care about what the rf does; they care much more about the fact that the rf represents white supremacy

      • Alexandria says:

        I have zero pity for Burger King, he made his bed. He is complicit in endangering his brother’s and Harry’s family lives. There is friendly competition and mild jealousy among siblings but to actually endanger their lives is something else.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ Alexandria, thank you!!!

        @ vs, Burger King took every opportunity to inflict ALL opportunities of inflicting PAIN upon Harry, his own brother, and Meghan, who was not only a newlywed but also pregnant, for FOUR years of unrelenting hatred, jealousy, racism and character assassination all directed at Meghan to the point of suicide WHILE Meghan was pregnant!!!!

        @ vs, how would YOU feel if one of YOUR family members put your spouse/partner to the levels of contemplating suicide, while carrying YOUR child due, from what they were actively involved with every step of the way????

        I would love to hear how much sympathy YOU a would have IF this was your spouse/ partner…..take your time, I’m here all week…………

      • vs says:

        @BothSidesNow — there is no need to wait all week…..that’s all I will say
        Thx

      • Solidgolddancer says:

        @BothSidesNow

        Why so aggressive? @vs made some good points about what idiots the RF are.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ vs & @ Solidgolddancer, I am aggressive at the very thought of giving W any sort of empathy.
        In addition to W&K have consistently maintained a front they are not lazy, quite the contrary. W&K think that they are worthy of not actually having to work. W&K want all of the glory and power that comes with their future without a shred of accountability.
        In a matter of four plus years of bashing and attacking the very existence of Harry and Meghan, brought to the existence that W&K think that they are free to behave and not suffer the consequences.

        I am sick of the excuses being placed upon W&K when they were active the entire time period, and still are, in actively trying to harm their own family members.
        All of the criticisms toward W&K are well founded.

      • Virginia says:

        “I am sick of the excuses being placed upon W&K when they were active the entire time period, and still are, in actively trying to harm their own family members.
        All of the criticisms toward W&K are well founded.”

        @BothSidesNow l am 💯% with you, you said what l think…bravo👏👏

  6. Merricat says:

    Harry is a man of substance, and a man of action. The royal family can issue all the grand statements they like, but they mean nothing next to what Harry actually accomplishes.

  7. Lorelei says:

    But…but…Harry is only the totally irrelevant sixth in line! This isn’t supposed to be how things turned out! He DOESN’T EVEN GET TO USE HIS HRH!! >>Bill punches hole in wall<<

    When the Windsors rejected the half-in plan and tried to paint the Sussexes as villains, what they did not realize was that they were essentially creating a dynamic in which the world sort of had to take a “side” — and it’s been increasingly obvious that the world has chosen the Sussexes.

    I LOVE it. After all Harry and Meghan have been through, they deserve some time to just bask in some success.
    I hope Diana is up there smirking right now, as courtiers throw tantrums over this most recent headline about Harry kicking ass. 🥰

    • Over it says:

      Everything you said,
      Also can I just add that if you took away all of Baldimort princely possessions, all you are left with is a bald, talentless, dull, dumb,boring and lazy as F ass———-e

      • JT says:

        @Over it I think that is one of the reasons why he hates Harry so much. TOB is nothing without the HRH and crown propping him up. Nobody is looking to him for ideas and he clearly garners zero respect from the people he meets as he has been unable to maintain any sort of important connections despite his future king status. Harry is intelligent, charming, disciplined, and a big thinker which is why people are happy to work with him. Nobody is forced to entertain Harry they way they have to with William and that must kill Burger King. Deep down he knows that he ain’t sh*t and that’s why he tried so hard to ruin Harry.

      • Chrissy says:

        @JT
        Well said, JT

      • Christine says:

        Yes, very well said, JT.

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      @Lorelei, right. Palace sources and RR’s have been quite liberal with putting out words and thoughts from Diana after her death(similar to what Philip would have wanted). At no time did Diana ever say she wanted Harry to forego his happiness, peace of mind, personal success in order for William to be FFK. I don’t believe she ever said that Harry should be William’s scapegoat, slammed in the BM or Harry’s wife should undergo a smear campaign and false bullying allegations in order for the monarchy to survive either. Diana may have expressed support of the monarchy but she also said changes needed to be made. I believe Diana would be very happy with Harry’s success, life & wife outside the palace walls. If us outsiders are happy for him, then a mother who had her own god awful experiences and ridicule with the Firm and BM, would be quite happy and smiling from above.

  8. 2cents says:

    If only his “ungracious” and “ungrateful” brother William would have appreciated Harry ‘s talents and marital happiness….then the royal family would have been in a great position to lead the global humanitarian venture. There was always enough room for both brothers to shine their light on the worldstage.

    Now the incandescent one is trapped in a selfish imaginary competition of his own making.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      @ 2cents, I know and he deserves all of his current and future life for all of his misdeeds done to his own detriment!!! You reap what you sow, and he’s reaping it now!!! In addition to his ungracious, ungrateful and jealous wife as well!!

    • Jan says:

      Not true everyone at C was mad.

      • Jais says:

        Everyone at C? I’m confused? Do you mean Clarence House? The Cambridges? Mad about what? Maybe I’m just slow on Sunday’s?

      • Jan says:

        The post was edited, it said people on this site was mad that Harry took paternity leave, which was not true.

    • aftershocks says:

      @2cents said:
      “If only his ‘ungracious’ and ‘ungrateful’ brother William would have appreciated Harry’s talents and marital happiness….then the royal family would have been in a great position to lead the global humanitarian venture. There was always enough room for both brothers to shine their light on the worldstage…”

      I understand what you mean, but I have to disagree, particularly with your last sentence. The archaic, outdated monarchical system DID NOT and would never have allowed ‘both brothers to equally shine their light on the world stage.’ It’s sentimental, wishful thinking to suppose that could have ever been the case.

      The royal family is a toxic system in turmoil. They could never lead anything, much less a global humanitarian effort. And they surely would never allow, and weren’t allowing the Sussexes any room to lead when they were senior royals. Especially not in the way that M&H can now lead global initiatives via Archewell, with their Montecito haven as a base of operations. No more suffocating in the toxic gilded cage for Harry & Meghan!

      Plus, let’s be honest that Will/ Cain/ TOB has no light to shine of any significant value. He’s too selfishly, and insecurely wasting his energy lighting up cavernous rooms in the palaces with his incandescent rage.

      No matter who Harry married, there was going to be huge problems with W&K being jealous and insecure. W&K truly would have preferred endlessly piggybacking on and taking credit for Harry’s initiatives, while continuing to see him relegated to third wheel status, and bouts of alcoholic depression.

      Fortunately, it was meant to be that Harry & Meghan found each other, made sacrifices for each other, and had their love tested and embattled. They came through that intense fire and emotional pain with scars, but they are even stronger together for what they have suffered and endured!

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        Yes. The Firm/BM needed Harry to stay so he could be the underling who actually did and enjoyed the work while William(and Kate) did what they did best-not much. Except being heralded for the little they do/did.

  9. Jais says:

    We don’t know how much Harry is making with better up, but there’s a good chance he might be getting an end of year bonus lol. The owner must be like the cat that ate the canary. But sure he and Meghan are irrelevant. Delusional, amoral, fiction-makers be the UK tabloid press.

  10. Chelsea says:

    Harry has had such an impressive last few weeks between this BetterUp news, the announcement of Travalyst’s partnership with Google, the huge $100M grant that African Parks which he is the president of received, and AP’s new contract with Angola(which is why he met with the President of Angola while in NYC). This isn’t even taking into account the fact that Maria Ressa,who he was attacked by the British tabloids for interviewing for the Time100 last year, just won the freaking Nobel Peace Prize. For someone they said was dumb,irrelevant, and destined to fail amazing things sure do keep happening around him.

    Also: BetterUp’s CEO Alexis said a little while back that some of the philanthropic partnerships and projects Harry’s been working on for them in his role as CIO will be rolled out later this year so looking forward to that too.

    • 2cents says:

      I love how Harry and Meghan prove that philanthropy is not soft and weak, but solid, business savvy and innovative! They are game changers and in a unique position as independent royals (not celebraties) to create a distinctive niche for their global Archewell brand.

    • JT says:

      It is truly impressive what he’s been able accomplish within the confines of the RF, but mostly what’s he’s done now that he is unleashed. He is clearly a very strategic and business minded individual, but people want to say that H&M’s success is solely based on Meg. I’ve said this many times but the Sussexes current trajectory in regards to their ventures is very much in Harry’s wheelhouse as he’s been doing this for a very long time. I have no doubt that this is only the beginning for Betterup, especially as the world begins to open again.

      • aftershocks says:

        @JT said:
        “It is truly impressive what he’s been able accomplish within the confines of the RF, but mostly what’s he’s done now that he is unleashed. He is clearly a very strategic and business minded individual, but people want to say that H&M’s success is solely based on Meg. I’ve said this many times but the Sussexes current trajectory in regards to their ventures is very much in Harry’s wheelhouse as he’s been doing this for a very long time…”

        This is very true. I would add though that Harry being ‘unleashed,’ is solely because of meeting, falling in Iove with, and marrying Rachel Meghan Markle. Harry told us himself during the Oprah interview that Meghan saved him, because he was unaware of how deeply he was trapped. While Meghan, gracious, loving and supportive as always responded that Harry saved her and Archie, and their life together as a family, now blessed too with Lili Diana. ❤️

        As I said in another post, M&H seem made for each other. And their falling in love, complete with everything that has followed, seems fated. I believe they saw exemplary qualities in each other, and they knew that together they could achieve even greater humanitarian goals.

        First, they each made sacrifices to nurture their love, which they never took for granted. Next, they wanted and they tried to do uplifting work within the firm, but they were rebuffed and rejected. At the same time, they still achieved remarkable things in their short time together as senior royals. Harry, of course, had already achieved a lot while suffering as the scapegoat spare. And Meghan came into the relationship as a self-made, enormously accomplished woman and feminist.

        I always refer back to the engagement interview, where M&H told the world who they are and what they wanted to achieve via the royal platform. Harry’s family, the courtiers, and the British media media weren’t listening, and have never understood the message M&H were sending, nor any of the lessons their union has taught us all.

        Now, they reside in the House of Montecito, and their messages and many projects of goodwill are seen, appreciated, and understood on a global scale. They aren’t perfect people, but they’ve never tried to be perfect. They’ve just tried to live with grace and courage, and to go above and beyond to do good in the world. 💫

    • Lorelei says:

      @Chelsea: Harry isn’t the only one having an enormously successful week! The Cambridges did things too! Kate, um…wore a gold dress. And held a tarantula. So there!

      I’m sorry, it’s just laughable at this point. She had praise heaped on her FOR DAYS ON END as if she’d won the Nobel Peace Prize for literally wearing a gold dress. The tarantula thing was covered as if she singlehandedly tamed a grizzly bear or something. Neither was an actual accomplishment but they treat her as if these are *amazing accomplishments* 😭

  11. Neners says:

    Everything Harry touches turns to gold. I’m almost tempted to say that he is just one of “those people”. To some extent, I think that he is. But I think this is what happens when one of “those people” is given an enormous platform that they truly value and work tirelessly at cultivating, building connections. This is only the beginning.

    • Katherine says:

      I know it. He’s like able, he’s authentic, he’s very genuine. He has his mother’s ability to come from some extreme privilege but still have a personality of I hear you and see you and care about you when interacting with others. And his whole energy is ok I’ve heard about this now what tangible steps can I take and use my power to implement some sort of improvement here. Whether it’s veterans or or vaccine access or hunger etc. And he found ideal partner in Meghan to really become a power player. And yes it does threaten the royal family approach. They are an illusion. He is not. And doesn’t need them to do his work and live his life.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ Katherine, you are absolutely right!! Harry has proven himself for years, but they all thought, especially TOBB, he would fail immediately once Harry left as a working royal.

        Harry married a stunning, gorgeous, charming, genuine and equally hard-working partner with Meghan. Now together they are unstoppable.

        More importantly, I hope that they are extremely happy and blissfully in love with each other everyday, which will continue to grow!! Harry and Meghan deserve so much beauty in their life, after suffering from unimaginable pain and unhappiness for so long.

      • Jasper says:

        The BRF and the BM are projecting their insecurities on H&M and will continue to do so for some time. Because they place so much stock on the importance of titles and rank, they felt that depriving Harry and Meghan of all the “privileges” of their rank would make them crumble. They failed to realise that they were dealing with a couple who were beyond that.
        Harry was dismissed as weak (because what can he do without the power of the BRF behind him?) and Meghan as a shallow clout chaser (ignoring all her years of philanthropic work). When you’re living in a goldfish bowl it’s tough to see the larger ocean beyond.

  12. Snuffles says:

    It’s honestly glorious and inspiring to watch. Harry accomplished quite a bit under the repressive thumb of The Crown. But now that he’s out of it, rested, refreshed and unchained, he’s gone supernova. Like when Captain Marvel goes binary. And he’s just getting started. He’s just running laps around the royal family yelling “Wheeeeeeeeee! Look what I can do!”

  13. Amy Bee says:

    I can only imagine how restrictive and frustrating it was for Harry to be a working royal and to live in the UK.

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      Along with Meghan. H & M are natural doers and the the other ones seem to be natural dolittlers. Which is why the others need the chronic embiggening stories to prop them up.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Amy Bee —and @Snuffles just said something similar above —we saw both Invictus and Sentabale come to fruition. (And many think Harry was the driving force behind Heads Together, even though the Cambridges tried to take equal credit.)
      So if that’s what the Palace APPROVED, can you imagine how many great ideas Harry had that were rejected?!!

      Invictus alone would be an amazing legacy— people automatically associate Harry with it. Even my husband, who only hears about the royals from me, knows that Invictus = Harry. But on top of that, he founded Sentebale, also accomplished while he was still a working royal. Same with Charles and the Prince’s Trust.

      What is William associated with in people’s minds? Absolutely nothing.
      In America, and I am not kidding, he’s probably best known as Harry’s brother who used to be the hot one. Seriously.

      Bill probably didn’t think that Invictus would take off the way it did, because if he had any inkling that it would turn into what it is today, imo he would have thrown a tantrum until Papa and Granny let him have his way and refused to give Harry permission to do it. We would probably weep upon hearing all of the ideas Harry had for projects that were shot down before they ever saw the light of day.

      Because stroking Bill’s ego and making sure he feels he’s viewed and treated as sufficiently superior to Harry always comes first. What a sad little man.

      • Jillian says:

        Wow, you nailed it: William is only known in the US for being the British heir, having a much cooler brother now in the US, and being formerly hot. Also, he has a boring wife. That’s it.

  14. Giddy says:

    Go Harry! He’s a world class innovator and humanitarian. He’s also a man in love with his wife and his family life and it seems everyone wants to bask in his warmth and good humor. He’s a VIP (very important Prince) !

  15. Jaded says:

    Another “hold my beer” moment for Harry! TOB must be gnashing his beaver chompers down to stumps by now.

  16. MsLove says:

    Thank you Prince Harry for making the world a better place. I can’t help but think, if it were the 1500’s, TOB would have Harry in the tower.

  17. Athena says:

    William’s earthshot program must not have done well. A recent royal podcast barely mentioned it, only to say that it was on BBC, had the rating been good more would have been said of it.
    I don’t know we’re H&M find the energy, I’m exhausted just reading about all they have taken on. From past experience I do find that the more you have to do the more you get done, but it does come at a price to your health eventually. I kind of wish they would pause some time, they have nothing to prove to that island.

    • vs says:

      I don’t think H&M are trying to prove anything to the UK….for me, seeing how much they are doing now proves how restrained they were over there! imagine wanting to work and people telling you to slow down because it will make xyz appears lazy….so if the heir is an idiot, everybody should pretend to be one too? Just thinking about it justifies not having a monarchy but it is none of my business

      • Christine says:

        Ha! Same, it’s none of my business. But really, I can’t believe anyone is debating that TOB is the better, at this point.

    • Snuffles says:

      They’ve hired extremely competent staff to do the busy work. I bet you anything they’ve become a pro at time management.

      • BeanieBean says:

        That’s it exactly. I am forever in awe of what some people do with the same 24 hours the rest of us get. H&M are such people.

    • Jais says:

      Seems like William’s earthshot is just starting so who knows? Maybe the awards will be a good thing? If they are, that’s good. The main thing for me is that it’s been in planning for 2 years, which okay. William and Kate both started announcing and planning these “big things” in the past two or three years. The impetus was jealousy and to compete with the sussexes; otherwise, William could’ve started these awards well before Meghan entered the picture. But he didn’t. And we all know why. Now if he sticks with it and puts a lot of work into these awards for many more years to come, and they do good, then cool. Harry has a track record of sticking by his work and projects, but so far, does William? Guess we see.

    • nina says:

      They were claiming that the Earthshot book was a best seller and someone on twitter posted a screenshot off the Amazon website showing it’s actual rating.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Athena I can never decide what I think about this — it’s like a chicken/egg type thing — but are Harry’s initiatives so successful BECAUSE they’re Harry’s? If Earthshot had been his baby, would we all be super excited about it because of how much we like and admire Harry?

      So much of the success of projects like this depends, imo, on the intangible qualities that both H&M have; whatever it is that makes people want to follow them and see what they do next. The qualities they possess can’t be learned or bought; you’re either born with “it” or you’re not.

      If one of Meghan’s causes was helping to get children playing outside more, tied into her alleged love of gardening, she would have done it completely differently, far more effectively, and with a larger, overarching goal from day one.

      She still might have designed that children’s garden for the Chelsea Flower Show like Kate did, but that would only have been the jumping off point; grabbing people’s attention and using that moment to announce her main goal, maybe raising enough money to fund the construction of X number of new playgrounds in areas where children tend to be underserved? (I don’t even know if that’s feasible; that example was pulled out of my ass, but you know what I mean!)

      For Meghan, it would have been the means to an end, whereas with Kate, the unveiling of the garden—and of course the accompanying photo ops— WAS the end. IDK what M would have come up with, but I’m reasonably confident that it would *not* have involved designing a bespoke log for the sole purpose of cloud-watching.

      Would anyone have paid one bit of attention to the land mine issue if the royal behind it had been the Duke of Kent? If Camilla or Sophie or Anne had donated a washing machine along with a school visit, would we have paid as much attention? I feel like…nope. Which is why letting H&M leave was the biggest mistake the BRF ever could have made.

      (Maybe I even would have actually loved that hideous gold dress if Meghan had been the one to wear it, because I’m predisposed to thinking she looks great and can pull off most looks? 🤔)

  18. ANON says:

    I generally root for Prince Harry. But as someone who’s worked in Silicon Valley, I can’t get behind a corporation like BetterUp. I don’t like the idea of low-end innovations to therapy. Life coaching and telehealth in general serve a legitimate purpose. But what most workers need isn’t “life-coaching.” It’s a living wage, affordable childcare, and access to licensed therapists and mental health professionals. BetterUp squicks me out.

    • Haylie says:

      Then don’t use its services. Problem solved.

    • Jaded says:

      Life coaching helped me in my career. Many people who are earning good wages, benefits, parental leave, etc. sometimes require coaching in such things as boosting self-esteem, overcoming fears, focusing on goals, rather than just being a cog in a machine. I had self-esteem issues big time that were holding me back from taking on more responsibilities, and I gained enough confidence to take on those responsibilities without thinking I was only going to fail. With Harry’s history of mental health issues, I think he’d know if BetterUp was just another Silicon Valley boondoggle.

      • ANON says:

        Thanks for the responses! I can see I have a minority opinion on this one. I definitely agree that life coaching (personal/professional development) can help lots of people.

        However, I’m cynical about solutions like this that are marketed to companies. For the majority of US workers—including at some of the prominent clients they list—the biggest way to improve their lives is not through an app but by giving them a living wage and benefits.

    • MA says:

      This is a weird argument. If life coaching is legitimate as you say then why not have life coaching? You’re saying People need living wages so Life coaching is bad because it doesn’t solve it? You can have and aim for multiple things. I think this company is trying to address a niche market and need, not solve all life’s problems.

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      @ANON, you forget that Harry got involved with BetterUp for himself before being hired by them. He found value and help with what they’re doing. I’m not going to discount his experience with how they helped him. I don’t see it as “low-end” therapy. Having a sibling who was a life coach and whose clients wanted to work out an agreement to stay in touch when they (sibling) retired, it seems to be something the clients found beneficial. More often because they found someone who offered encouragement/support and helpful tips to become a better version of themselves instead of being psychoanalyzed. I think that’s what BetterUp offers from what I’ve read.

      https://www.betterup.com/about-us?hsLang=en

    • Monica says:

      People need help NOW, while we all work to make the whole society we live in better.

  19. Rapunzel says:

    Harry bettered up by leaving behind his toxic family and their control.

    Angry Penishead and his Mop-in-Couture wife are just sitting in Kensington, being angry and mop looking. Or, more accurately, the dickhead is dicking around with some rosebush, and the mop is shopping with her pimp mama, contemplating the wording for their next “puff up the princess” piece.

  20. MangoAngelesque says:

    You just know William is reading this and incandescing like crazy and Katie-darling is running around, manically splaying her fingers and baring her teeth at anyone she comes within twelve feet of.

  21. Jen says:

    The haters always want to say he is dumb and useless, but I think the results speak for themselves!

  22. Anonymous says:

    I’m glad he’s been able to succeed on his own in his own career field.