Prince Harry’s comments on ‘me time’ and burnout so oblivious folks wonder if he WANTS to be mocked

If the youngest son of the People’s Princess wants to appear “relatable,” he’s going about it the wrong way.

Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, his wife, former actress Meghan Markle, and their buddy, tennis icon Serena Williams have partnered with a platform called “BetterUp” — a creepy life-coaching, business-building app that promises “individual transformations” with advice that is “part professional, part personal, and ultimately paints a picture of how you’re showing up at work and in life.”

The trio joined BetterUp CEO Alexi Robichaux as part of a tone-deaf virtual “Inner Work” event that offered out-of-touch advice to real-world employers.

“From an employer perspective, you can’t expect your people to put in the work on themselves when you’re not giving them the time to do that,” Harry lectured.

He then opined on the problem of burnout.

“I, similar to you, Alexi, experience burnout,” Harry confessed. “And throughout that burnout, literally getting to the end of everything that I had — any fuel, any steam in the engine — I was burning the candles at both ends, and it was like, ‘boom.’ That is when you are forced to look inside yourself, because with everything else around you seemingly — you feel like it’s working against you. The only way you can really combat it, and the only way you can build resilience for the outside world and your entire environment, is the inner work.”

“Because once you start to understand why and how you react to certain people, certain situations, then you can actually gain control of those situations,” he continued. “It doesn’t mean they’re not going to happen. It means your reaction to them is more in your control.”

Harry’s astute business advice included meditation for employees and, to employers, he suggested giving workers days “to focus on themselves.”

“As a father, husband and someone starting a business,” Harry says he knows he needs to meditate.

“I hope everybody is available to do that but… once you have to show up for other people, the self-care is the first thing to drop away,” the duke said.

“Mental health is the pinnacle, it’s what you’re aiming for,” he stated. “The road towards that can be really bumpy… it’s called inner ‘work’ for a reason.”

All the self-care and group hugs sound great, but being lectured about mental health from people so far outside the real-world issues of everyday Americans didn’t sit well on Twitter.

The spectacle left many on social media, to borrow a phrase from the Brits, “gobsmacked.”

“It’s very difficult for me to take this man seriously or be inspired by him when his actions towards his family for instance have been so utterly lacking in compassion and consideration,” tweeted one user. “Not someone I can, or want to, look to as a role model in any way whatsoever.”

The virtual appearance from the Prince’s $14 million mansion was dubbed “toe-curling.”

ABC Royal Editor Robert Jobson called it, “Harry’s woke guide to business.”

But the overwhelming reaction to Harry’s new gig was to wonder what the Royal could possibly know about real burnout.

“Honestly,” tweeted one user, “I’m starting to think he puts himself in the situations to be mocked.”



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