Prince Harry: therapy 'opened my eyes' and helped me regain confidence

Duke of Sussex says he now has 'perspective and a great understanding of my value'

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan leave after a funeral service for Queen Elizabeth II in London. AFP
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The UK's Prince Harry has spoken openly about his mental health, revealing he thought there was “only one way to live” until he started therapy.

The Duke of Sussex said he now has an understanding of his “value” and has regained confidence.

He shared his experience while speaking as chief impact officer at professional coaching and mental health firm BetterUp.

Prince Harry joined BetterUp’s chief executive Alexi Robichaux for an onstage chat at the inaugural Masters of Scale Summit in San Francisco.

The conference's website said it aimed to “immerse the most forward-thinking, fast-scaling business leaders in an environment designed to cultivate innovation, acceleration and co-elevation”.

Prince Harry and Meghan Duchess of Sussex through the years — in pictures

During a 20-minute discussion, Prince Harry and Mr Robichaux shared first-hand stories about personal transformation and how to bring positive behaviour change to an organisation at scale.

“The moment I started doing therapy, it opened my eyes,” Prince Harry said.

“I was moving through life thinking there was only one way to live and therapy burst that bubble.

“Then, when I found my way to coaching, the next bubble burst, and all of a sudden I realised that now I have perspective and a great understanding of my value.

“I regained confidence that I never thought I had.”

Prince William, Prince Harry and wives make joint appearance — in pictures

He said it was “exciting” to know the human potential of every person in the room and across the globe.

“But we’re also at a point where we actually need to unlock that potential. The only way we can do that is to individually grow ourselves, but also help the people we are responsible for grow as well,” he added.

“If you are going to scale your company, the only way I believe you can do that is to successfully scale yourself and scale your employees at the same time.”

Prince William and Prince Harry through the years — in pictures

Bill Gates, Arianna Huffington, Eric Schmidt and Tyler Perry were also listed as speakers at the event.

Masters of Scale launched in 2017 as a podcast hosted by Reid Hoffman.

Updated: October 20, 2022, 8:15 PM
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