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Prince Harry given reality check after claiming: ‘I want to work with normal people’

Prince Harry said he wants to work with ‘normal people’ in 2015

The Duke of Sussex hit headlines this week after he appeared to encourage people to quit their jobs if they were unhappy. His comments came during a question and answer session with business magazine Fast Company. Speaking in his role as chief impact officer for mental health firm, BetterUp, the prince said: “I’ve actually discovered recently, courtesy of a chat with [BetterUp science board member] 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.”

He added that the world was at the beginning of a “mental health awakening”.

Prince Harry: The Duke previously said he wanted to work with 'normal people' and earn a 'wage'

Prince Harry: The Duke previously said he wanted to work with ‘normal people’ and earn a ‘wage’ (Image: GETTY/Sky News)

Celebrity: The pair have built something of a celebrity status for themselves in the US

Celebrity: The pair have built something of a celebrity status for themselves in the US (Image: GETTY)

Harry quit his role as a senior member of the royal Family last year, and has quickly settled into a number of jobs in the private sector, including at BetterUp, as well as in a position at his and Meghan Markle’s charitable organisation, Archewell.

It is not the first time that he has commented on the world of work.

While fulfilling royal duties during his visit to New Zealand in 2015, Harry was asked about “what path” he was planning to take after life in the armed forces.

It was here that he said he was keen to earn a “wage” and work with “normal people”.

He said: “There’s a few things on the shortlist but I don’t want to speculate because I know what people are like.

“But I, and William, both of us, we feel as though we need to have a wage as well, to work with normal people, to keep us sane, to keep us ticking along.

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Sky News: Harry gave the interview in 2015 while on tour in New Zealand

Sky News: Harry gave the interview in 2015 while on tour in New Zealand (Image: Sky News)

“And also, surely in the future, if we want to make a big contribution, or a valid contribution to be taken seriously, then we need to work alongside other people.”

In an opinion piece for The Guardian at the time, columnist Joan Smith responded to the prince’s comments, questioning whether he really wanted to earn a “wage” like “normal people”.

She wrote: “Harry says he would like to work with some of these normal people, presumably to give him a break from the ones who have titles.

“Most expectant parents look forward to a boy or a girl, but he belongs to a family where news of a birth is greeted with the words, ‘It’s a princess!’

“Apparently Harry would also like to try his hand at earning a ‘wage’ – although he didn’t specify whether he meant ‘minimum’.

“London is expensive and he might find it hard to keep up a flat in Kensington Palace on £6.50 an hour.”

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Military: The interview came after his service in the army

Military: The interview came after his service in the army (Image: GETTY)

Private roles: Harry has gone on to secure a string of jobs in the private sector

Private roles: Harry has gone on to secure a string of jobs in the private sector (Image: GETTY)

In a sense, Harry has gone on to work “with normal people”.

However, his wage is likely to be far higher than that earned by those who have “normal” jobs.

He and Meghan secured what is thought to be a £109million contract with Netflix to produce original content in 2020.

And, they also landed a £36million deal with Spotify in December 2020 to produce their podcast ‘Archewell Audio’, which, at the time of writing, has produced just one 33-minute episode.

Netflix: He is currently working on his 'Heart of Invictus' documentary for Netflix

Netflix: He is currently working on his ‘Heart of Invictus’ documentary for Netflix (Image: GETTY)

Similarly, the pair have yet to release any original documentaries on Netflix.

They are, however, in the process of creating shows, Harry working on his ‘Heart of Invictus’, while Meghan toils away at her animated series, ‘Pearl’.

Reacting to Harry’s comments about people quitting their jobs, Richard Wilkins, host of the Today Show Australia, branded the Duke’s words as a “bit rich”.

He said: “Prince Harry has come under fire again after saying that quitting your job can bring joy and should be celebrated.

Prince William: Harry pictured with his brother during his last visit to the UK in July

Prince William: Harry pictured with his brother during his last visit to the UK in July (Image: GETTY)

“This advice from someone you know, who lives in a multi-million dollar mansion with a Netflix deal and all, it’s a bit rich, isn’t it? What do you reckon?”

Others, however, have received his suggestion more positively.

The Times published accounts of five people who did quit their jobs to good ends, in a piece titled: ‘Prince Harry’s right. If you hate your job, quit — I did.”

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