Prince Harry mocked as 'out of touch' for urging people to leave jobs that don't bring them 'joy'

Prince Harry has said that quitting one's job for mental health reasons should be 'celebrated'

Prince Harry mocked for urging people to quit jobs
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Prince Harry has been heavily criticized for his recent comments on mental health in the workplace, in which he encouraged people to resign from their employment if it doesn't bring them 'happiness'. 

The Duke of Sussex has endorsed quitting one's job to prioritize mental health in his latest interview, prompting many people to accuse the royal heir of being 'out of touch' with reality. 

Speaking with Fast Company on Monday to promote his company, Betterup, the 37-year-old shared his controversial opinions on the sensitive issue. 

"A lot of the job resignations you mention aren’t all bad," he said. "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 even called the decision to quit one's job the result of "self-awareness," in what might be a subtle reference to his own resignation from the Royal Family in January 2020. He and his wife, Meghan Markle, famously withdrew as senior royals in January 2020 to pursue a more independent lifestyle in the US, and have since been working hard to build a brand for themselves in sunny California. 


Meghan Markle and Prince Harry 'quit' the Royal Family in early 2020

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In February 2021, Harry told talk show host James Corden he needed to "get out" of Britain because its press was "destroying" his mental health. 

The Duke's latest comments on job resignations have ignited a fiery backlash, with many critics urging him to check his privilege before offering his opinion on such a touchy subject. Harry and Meghan currently reside in a $14 million Santa Barbara mansion and share an estimated net worth of $10 million, placing them in a far more secure financial position than the average American. He and the Duchess also hold a lucrative deal with Netflix, which has been estimated to be worth a whopping £74.5 million. 

The Duke's divisive comments come shortly after it was confirmed that Meghan and Harry would stay in the US for Christmas. It's understood that the couple will remain in California with their two children for the festive holiday, where they will most likely be joined by the Duchess's mother, Doria Ragland. 

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.