Chief Impact Officer: Prince Harry joins US counselling start-up BetterUp

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex to become chief impact officer at the US coaching and mental health firm, BetterUp.

Prince Harry said in a statement that he was “really excited” about taking on the new role. His exact duties, hours and any payment are not clear.

It is his latest job move after he and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex stepped back as senior royals in March last year.

It also comes after the duke and Meghan gave an explosive interview to Oprah Winfrey earlier this month.

In his statement, Prince Harry said his goal in his new function would be to “lift up critical dialogues around mental health, build supportive and compassionate communities, and foster an environment for honest and vulnerable conversations”.

Prince Harry will not manage employees or have people report directly to him, but he is likely to spend some time in the company’s San Francisco headquarters once it is safe to do so, BetterUp CEO Alexi Robichaux told the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).

In his role as the company’s first chief impact officer, Prince Harry is expected to have input into initiatives including product strategy decisions and charitable contributions, and advocate publicly on topics related to mental health, the WSJ reports.

Prince Harry said that when he met Mr Robichaux, they “instantly recognised a shared passion for helping others realise their full potential”.

The chief impact officer position is relatively rare in the corporate world, but seen more commonly in non-profit organisations such as Amnesty International.

BetterUp, which was founded in 2013, is a mobile-based leadership development platform that enables new behaviors and mind-sets that enable high performance amid constant and accelerating change, through on-demand, virtual coaching sessions, users practice and reinforce new behaviors and skills.

The firm says it has some 2,000 coaches offering services in 49 languages in 66 countries.