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On Tuesday it was announced the 36-year-old royal will be the new chief impact officer for BetterUp, a start-up that coaches people on their mental health. Harry, who has spoken extensively about mental health, said he wants to “help create impact in people’s lives”.
The Duke of Sussex has also been named as a member of the 15-strong Commission on Information Disorder established by the Aspen Institute thinktank to combat online “misinformation”.
Other members include Russian opposition activist Garry Kasparov, US congressman Will Hurd and Kathryn Murdoch, daughter-in-law of media mogul Rupert Murdoch.
However the dual announcements sparked a mixed response on social media.
Evening Standard royal editor Robert Jobson tweeted: “Prince Harry is becoming a ‘Commissioner on Information Disorder’ – you couldn’t make it up!”
The post received 749 likes and numerous supportive comments from other social media users.
One wrote: “What?!!! The farce that just keeps giving!”
Another added: “You’re so right: you couldn’t make it up, but it gives us all a damn good laugh.”
Similar sentiments were tweeted by football commentator Richard Keys who said: “This has to be some kind of joke.
“Working with Kathryn Murdoch to ‘stop the spread of mis-information’?
“Easy. Speak to the guy you’re married to Kathryn – and his Dad.”
Kathryn is married to James Murdoch, Rupert’s son, who was chief executive officer of 21st Century Fox between 2015 and 2019.
During the Sussexes’ incendiary CBS interview with Oprah Winfrey Meghan Markle revealed she’d had suicidal thoughts since marrying into the Royal Family in 2018.
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The Duchess also claimed there were “concerns and conversations” within the Royal Family about “how dark” Archie’s skin could be prior to his birth.
In response Buckingham Palace issued a statement on behalf of the Queen expressing sadness at Meghan’s struggles but adding “recollections may vary” about some events.
Speaking to the Wall Street Journal Harry praised the work of BetterUp, his new employer, commenting: “Proactive coaching provided endless possibilities for personal development, increased awareness, and an all-round better life.”
BetterUp, founded in 2013, have added Harry’s name and image to the leadership section of their website.
The Commission on Information Disorder is due to begin meeting in April.
In a statement announcing his membership of the body Harry said: “The experience of today’s digital world has inundated us with an avalanche of misinformation, affecting our ability as individuals as well as societies to think clearly and truly understand the world we live in.
“It is my belief that this is a humanitarian issue and as such, it demands a multi-stakeholder response from advocacy groups, members of the media, academic researchers, and both government and civil society leaders.”
During the Sussexes’ interview with Ms Winfrey a number of UK newspaper headlines were shown.
However Associated Newspapers, owner of the Daily Mail, claimed these were subject to “deliberate distortion and doctoring” and issued a complaint to CBS.
In response an ITV spokesman told the Daily Telegraph the broadcaster removed a number of headlines from the package before it’s UK broadcast.
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