Prince Harry makes second job announcement in 24 hours

Bethany Dawson@bethanymrd
Wednesday 24 March 2021 15:43
Science and Tech
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Prince Harry is joining the Aspen Institute’s new Commission on Information Disorder as a commissioner after wanting to battle what he called an “avalanche of misinformation”.

The Duke of Sussex is one of 14 other commissioners and three co-chairs who will conduct a six-month study into the extent of American digital misinformation and disinformation.

But the news of Prince Harry having a “normal” - or rather, non-royal - job might not be as new as we think, as he’s also been working as the chief impact officer of BetterUp.

The three co-chairs for the Commission on Information Disorder are Journalist Katie Couric, Color of Change president Rashad Robinson, and Chris Krebs, the former director of the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

“This information crisis undermines confidence in our democratic institutions and strikes right at the foundation of society,” Krebs said in a statement.

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The list of commissioners - released to the public on the morning of 24 March - includes former Texas congressman Will Hurd; Sue Gordon, the former principal deputy director of national intelligence; and Kathryn Murdoch, the co-founder and president of Quadrivium and daughter-in-law of media mogul Rupert.

“As I’ve said, the experience of today’s digital world has us inundated 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,” the Duke of Sussex said in a statement.

“It’s my belief that this is a humanitarian issue,” he said, “and as such, it demands a multi-stakeholder response from advocacy voices, members of the media, academic researchers, and both government and civil society leaders. I’m eager to join this new Aspen commission and look forward to working on a solution-oriented approach to the information disorder crisis.”

Prince Harry has also been working as the chief impact officer of BetterUp - a US professional coaching and mental health firm  - for a number of months now, but the news has only just come out.

His boss, Alexi Robichaux, chief executive of US professional coaching and mental health firm BetterUp, said he has been “impressed” with Harry’s “incredible attitude”.

The Silicon Valley chief executive said the Duke’s role is to “helo change the dialogue on mental health”, and his royal title is omitted from the workplace, just referring to him as Harry.

Mr Robichaux also told Sky News: “We were just so impressed, and really I think there was such a natural chemistry and synergy around the insights and the contributions he can make creatively to BetterUp in ensuring that we achieve our mission.

“Bigger than commercial success, this is about global impact.

“And so as we crafted the role together, those four buckets of opportunities, we came to the title ‘chief impact officer’, really denoting that he’s focused on our mission and he’s focused on ensuring that we’re doing everything we can to achieve our mission on a bigger and larger and grander scale to impact the lives of more people.”

Details of Prince Harry’s role - including salary and working hours - were not shared with the press.

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