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Prince Harry to join Meghan Markle’s friend Serena Williams at event on cause close to him

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Prince Harry is set to make his first public appearance of the year on February 3, when he will take part in the first annual Inner Work Day organised by BetterUp, the mental health and coaching firm he works for. The event was announced earlier this month. 

But the company sent sports fans and supporters of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex into a frenzy on Wednesday by announcing Harry would be joined by Williams during the panel.  

A third speaker at the panel will be Alexi Robichaux, the CEO of BetterUp. 

The tweet announcing the tennis star appearance at the event read: “Breakthroughs happen when you take a break

“Learn how Inner Work builds Mental Fitness with BetterUp CEO @Arobichaux, Chief Impact Officer Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, and world-renowned athlete @serenawilliams. 

“A Better You awaits at http://innerworkday.com”. 

Among the fans of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex taking to Twitter to rejoice at the news, there was the user with the account @meghan_world, which wrote on the platform: “Hey Squaddies! Serena Williams, GOAT [Greatest Of All Time], is joining the panel with Prince Harry and @BetterUp on Feb 3rd for Inner Work Day!”

A second, @sussexsquadpod1, wrote: “I am so excited for this #PrinceHarry and #SerenaWilliams”. 

Another, @SussexEvent, said February 3 will be an “exciting day”.  

A fourth Twitter user, @Jasamgurlie, wrote: “Awwww, yay!!! Meghan’s bestie & her husband.”

Finally, @schaekay1 added: “My two faves at the same event, can’t wait. Love @serenawilliams”. 

Both Williams and Harry have opened up about mental health in the past.

The tennis champion opened up on post-natal depression in a candid message shared on Instagram in 2018.

Prince Harry has also been speaking openly about his mental wellbeing since 2017, when he first discussed in public how the death of his mother Diana when he was only 12 had affected him.

The Duke has been focusing his work on mental health for years.

In 2016, as a senior royal, he launched Heads Together with his brother Prince William and sister-in-law Kate.

The initiative aimed at breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health.

Three years later, Harry and his wife Meghan collaborated with the Cambridges to the launch of the 24/7 free messaging text service, Shout, which provides confidential and immediate support to people experiencing a crisis.

The four royals also lent their voices for the advert launching the NHS platform Every Mind Matters. 

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