Prince Harry: Quitting Your Job 'Brings Joy' and 'Should Be Celebrated'
Multimillionaire urges public to give up work: It's good for 'mental health awakening'
Britain's Prince Harry has triggered a furious backlash after the multimillionaire made comments urging the public to quit their jobs, claiming it "brings joy."
Almost two years after abandoning life as a working royal, Harry is claiming that giving up work should "be celebrated" as it's good for "mental health awakening."
Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, chose to step down as members of the Royal Family in January 2020.
They have since fled to California and have begun carving out a new life as celebrity elites in the US.
But now 37-year-old Harry claims that the recent sharp rise in job resignations isn’t “all bad.”
He says he is pleased that people are putting their "mental health and happiness" before earning a living.
However, his "out of touch" comments have been slammed by people online.
The prince was bashed over claims he "really has no idea" about the struggles people face.
He was speaking as chief impact officer for professional coaching and mental health firm BetterUp – one of many ventures since leaving the royals.
Talking at their event he said: "I've actually discovered recently, courtesy of a chat with Adam Grant, that a lot of the job resignations you mention aren't all bad.
"In fact, it is a sign that with self-awareness comes the need for change.
"Many people around the world have been stuck in jobs that didn't bring them joy, and now they're putting their mental health and happiness first.
"This is something to be celebrated.
"While on the surface it looks like these last couple of years brought all these issues to the foreground, the reality is these struggles and issues have been brewing for quite some time.
"We're just at the beginning of the mental health awakening."
But people online were quick to slam the prince's comments on quitting your job.
Royal expert Robert Jobson, responding to Harry's words, said: "How would he know?"
"You don't get any more privileged than telling people to quit their jobs when they weren't born into wealth and need to pay bills," another person said.
A third quipped: "Obviously speaking to the privileged few who wouldn’t have to worry about bills/mortgage/feeding the kids if they quit their jobs!
"Most people are glad to have jobs after lockdown was lifted!"
Another user added: "Prince Harry has never had to worry about keeping a roof over his head, paying bills, not having food in the cupboard.
"Most people have to work longer than 9-5 these days to make a liveable wage."
And another person was quick to call Harry's comments "out of touch."
"Prince Harry telling people to simply quit their job for their mental health if they aren't happy may be the most out of touch thing he's ever said," they said.
"He's right it would. But he's forgotten most of us don't inherit millions or have the luxury to stash millions fronting brands."
San Francisco-based BetterUp is valued at $4.7 billion and Harry's role, which he took on in March, includes product strategy, philanthropy, and public advocacy related to mental health.
Harry’s comments come just hours after he was accused of making his father, Prince Charles, look foolish as he tried to distance himself from a cash-for-honors scandal.
The duke released a statement yesterday insisting he cut ties with a controversial Saudi billionaire at the center of Prince Charles’ honors probe because of “concerns over his motives.”
He reportedly took a £50,000 charity donation in 2013 from Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz — who hinted that he would give millions more.
Prince Charles yesterday said he was prepared to speak to the police about the scandal.
He said he had no knowledge of any deal between Fawcett and Mahfouz.