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‘He has no qualifications’ Prince Harry facing questions over mental health commentary

Prince Harry opens up about his experience with burnout

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Speaking on a live stream hosted by BetterUp, the mental health company he works for, Prince Harry told viewers “I know that I need to meditate every single day” and that he “experienced burnout” in life. He went on to offer advice saying that to help his mental health, he focuses on working out, taking the dog for a walk and “getting out in nature”. But in an eyebrow raising comment, it was revealed the Duke is now tennis ace Serena Williams’ mental health “coach” who she talks to for “hours” and is “always solving all my life’s problems”.

During the conversation, Prince Harry said: “I think people are going to need to rely on each other and on professional help, but also not just professional help. Also friends, family, maybe complete strangers. Anyone can actually help you in that coaching process.”

While Ms Williams replied: “I’m glad you said it’s not only professional help, Harry, because it could be a friend or it could be someone that has, like, experience or just gives you some good insight and that you can give good feedback on.

“And I know I joke a lot, but Harry’s actually one of my coaches. Whenever I see him, he’s always solving all my life’s problems.”

But the Duke of Sussex’s comments sparked questions from Royal Family expert Neil Sean who queried whether Prince Harry is in the position to be offering mental health advice when he appears to not have the qualifications to do so.

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Mr Sean said this was an issue given the legions of young followers the Duke has and that it was therefore important that the right message was being delivered.

He said: “While Prince Harry’s speech about how we should run our lives through meditation and of course the universe is fun.

“There is a bigger problem attached to that… both Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are very influential to a younger group.”

He went on to stress how there “a lot of people who really do take this stuff on board” and that Prince Harry’s venture into the field with little to no qualifications could be “very damaging.”

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Mr Sean continued: “And let’s be honest, if you are working in a hotel from six thirty in the morning, do you have time for mediation, sitting down, pondering over a cup of tea? 

“No, those sort of things are reserved sadly for those if you are unemployed for a short period or if you are taking time out and retired.”

He added: “Obviously people are saying ‘what does he know, he has never had a full time job’ and he is not qualified, and that is the bigger picture.”

The royal expert went on to suggest there is surely concern amongst professionals in the UK who fear Prince Harry’s lack of expertise and qualifications in the field of mental health could be a problem.

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He said: “He’s speaking about something he has absolutely no qualifications in, and you have to take their [mental heath professionals] notes on board.”

Back in 2017, Prince Harry revealed he did undertake a counselling course to help veterans struggling with mental health problems. But last December, the Duke’s expertise in the field were pulled into question after he claimed he wanted to “pioneer the conversation” about mental health.

But speaking to Express.co.uk, royal expert Jonathan Sacerdoti warned: “He talks of ‘the mental health awakening’ as if mental health and psychology are somehow new discoveries. He may personally be adjusting to a newfound awareness of mental illness and trying to achieve happiness, but his talk of wanting to ‘pioneer the conversation’ just sounds a bit flat.”

Prince Harry also told the live stream that during his “burnout” it felt like there was “hardly any fuel or steam in the engine” because he was “burning the candle at both ends”. He claimed that “looking inside yourself” is the “only way” to combat feelings of burnout.

The Duke also attempted to impart yet more mental health advice, saying: “Once you start to understand how and why you react to certain people, certain situations, then you can actually gain control of those situations.”

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