Prince Harry “needs” to meditate “every day”.
The 37-year-old royal – who, along with his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, stepped down as senior members of the British royal family in 2020 – was joined by the couple’s close friend, tennis ace Serena Williams , for a conversation around the importance of planning a break from work and making time for self-care during a session livestreamed by mental health start-up BetterUp on Thursday (03.02.22).
The Duke of Sussex – who is the organization’s impact director – revealed he always makes sure he makes time for himself when he doesn’t have children.
Harry – who has Archie, two, and Lilibet, eight months, with former ‘Suits’ actress Meghan – said at the virtual Inner Work Day event: ‘I now take about half an hour, 45 minutes , in the morning when it’s like ‘OK, one of the kids went to school, the other one is taking a nap, there’s a break in our schedule. It’s either for exercising, walking the dog, getting out in nature, maybe meditating. I’m like Serena, I know I need to meditate everyday.
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Harry admitted: “Once you have to show up for other people, self-care is the first thing to give up.”
Serena, 40, then joked that the prince ‘always solves all my problems’.
She said: “I know I joke around a lot but Harry is one of my coaches, whenever I see him he always solves all my problems.”
Harry insisted life is a ‘discovery’ and ‘none of us have sorted it’ as he spoke of the importance of getting a ‘different perspective’ from someone ‘outside of your bubble”.
He said, “I’m going to push it away and say you’re the one finding out.
“It’s just having the ability to find someone else to reject ideas, feelings or thoughts.
“To find someone outside of your bubble who has a different perspective. You might not always like what they say.
“To have different points of view in your life, and friends who don’t care to push away how you feel, to encourage you to see more clearly.”
He continued: “I didn’t sort it, Serena didn’t sort it, none of us sorted it.
“Life is about discovery. You’re going to find things you don’t like that constantly push you away.”
Harry also suggested that the “bad things” that have happened to him in his life are the universe’s way of teaching him to be more resilient.
He explained, “Life is about learning.
“And if you’re in your 20s, 30s, 40s and even 50s and you think everything’s settled, then bad things are going to happen. There is a lesson here, I am educated by the universe, there is something to learn in this. So the next time it happens, I’ll become more resilient, or better able to see a way around it so I can achieve the ultimate goal.
The BetterUp app charges users £364 ($494.53) a month, but 1,000 free memberships had been offered to young leaders of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, a charity of which the royal was previously chairman.
The father-of-two previously divided opinion after suggesting that people who quit their jobs for their mental health should be ‘celebrated’.
This article was originally published on famoustainment.com.