Prince Harry is ‘trying to keep up’ with ‘very smart’ Meghan Markle, a celebrity agent who knows what the Duchess has claimed.
On Tuesday, the 36-year-old Duke of Sussex, who currently lives in his $ 14 million California home, announced his first job in the corporate world by revealing that he had taken an executive position at a Silicon Valley start-up claiming worth it. $ 1.7 billion.
Speak against The Telegraph, Jonathan Shalit said Prince Harry may have taken the post to align himself with Meghan, 39, whom he called ‘a tremendously astute woman, very smart’ and ‘incredibly impressive’.
The celebrity agent explained: ‘So if Harry wants to keep up with his wife, he has to find his own name and identity and this is the beginning.
Prince Harry, 36, is ‘trying to keep up’ with ‘very smart’ Meghan Markle, 39, in California, a celebrity agent who knows the Duchess has claimed
Jonathan Shalit said Prince Harry may have taken on the role of aligning himself with Meghan, 39, who he called ‘a tremendously astute woman, very smart’ and ‘incredibly impressive’.
‘He doesn’t need a celebrity. When you are a royal, you are the biggest celebrity in the world. But what this does is that Harry has relevance. ‘
The Duke will become chief impact officer at BetterUp, a mental health company, where he will help promote an app used by major corporations, including Hilton, Facebook, and oil company Chevron, to improve the well-being of their workforce .
The company’s CEO, Alexi Robichaux, has declined to say how much the royal family will be paid, although similar positions at other California companies would command a six- or seven-figure salary.
Prince Harry could be working in the US on a visa designed for people with “ extraordinary abilities, ” experts revealed last week.
The Duke of Sussex was revealed Tuesday morning as the chief impact officer at BetterUp with this corporate black and white photo of Harry released at the same time.
Her Majesty, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry watch a flypast to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018 in London
Canadian singer Justin Bieber and Australian actor Hugh Jackman have used the O-1 visa, which is valid for up to three years.
The Duke now has two jobs and TV and radio projects in the US, leaving many wondering how he got a visa.
The O-1 visa website says it is for “ a person who has extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics or who has a demonstrable track record of outstanding achievement in the film or television industry and which is nationally recognized or internationally ‘.
Harry’s work with Invictus Games for wounded military could potentially qualify him.
Harry was introduced to CEO Alexi Robichaux (top left) through a mutual friend. He has declined to say how much Harry (top right) will be paid. Harry is listed on the company’s website with Mr. Robichaux co-founder, Eduardo Medina (top center)
And his recent interview with Oprah Winfrey certainly made millions for the TV industry.
O-1 visa approval can take as little as weeks, and finding a US citizen to serve as a referee wouldn’t have been a problem – Harry’s friends include ex-President Barack Obama.
It comes after a royal pundit claimed that palace officials will keep an eye on Prince Harry’s new roles “ very, very closely ” to see if they violate the agreement with The Queen that he would not trade his royal status. ‘
I spoke about True Royalty TV’s weekly program last week The Royal Beat, Royal Daily Mirror editor Russell Myers discusses Prince Harry’s new role as Chief Impact Officer at US coaching company BetterUP.
There is the argument that if he is ‘Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex’ in all published material [the firm], is that trading the royal brand that they said they wouldn’t do to uphold The Queen’s values? he explains.
So it’s very debatable at the moment. The people in the palace will be watching this very, very closely. ‘
Silicon Valley start-up hired by Prince Harry
What is BetterUp?
BetterUp describes itself as a company that “combines coaching with dynamic and personalized digital experiences to accelerate members’ long-term professional development and drive personal growth.”
In practice, they sell executive coaching and therapy services to individuals and large corporations.
It employs clinical therapists and executive coaches on a contract basis to provide these services.
A blue chip company that recently hired their services was charged $ 2,000 for six months of unlimited coaching for each employee.
Those who sign up for their app can receive one-on-one video therapy or coaching through the app.
Who founded it?
It was founded by two USC graduates Alexi Robichaux and Eduardo Medina. Robinchaux grew up in Dallas, Texas, and has described how he grew up with his father as a biblical linguist translating from Greek, Aramaic and Hebrew. His mother is an immigrant from Greece who was an executive assistant at Texas Instruments. In high school, he started a nonprofit called Youth Leadership for America.
Medina is also a graduate of the USC and worked at management consulting firms Altamont Capital Partners and Bain & Company before starting BetterUp.
How big is BetterUp?
BetterUp says it has raised a total of $ 300 million in venture capital and claims to be valued at $ 1.7 billion. It has not reported any operating results or profits.
Last year, Robinchaux told Inc that the company had 200 employees and more than a thousand therapists and executive coaches on contract.
The investors include snowboarder Sean White, NBA player Pau Gasol and a range of venture capital firms including frims called ICONIQ Growth, Lightspeed Venture and Mubadala Capital.
Who Invested in BetterUp?
The company names 10 Silicon Valley venture capital firms among its investors, including the UAE’s sovereign wealth fund Mubadala Capital.
It also cites Olympic snowboarder Shaun White and NBA player Pau Gasol as individual investors.