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  • Prince Harry released a new blog about his progress with BetterUp and his goals for his role as chief impact officer
  • Prince Harry helped the personal coach app company team up with the Queen's Commonwealth Trust
  • BetterUp, in collaboration with the Queen's global program, offered 1,000 young leaders free access to its full coaching platform

Prince Harry is sharing the progress he's made so far as chief impact officer for the personal coach app company BetterUp.

On Monday, the Duke of Sussex released a new blog — co-authored by co-founders Alexi Robichaux and Eduardo Medina — about his progress with BetterUp and his goals for his role with the company.

According to the post, since joining BetterUp in March, Prince Harry has helped the company form partnerships with organizations close to his heart — and his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.

Prince Harry wrote that BetterUp teamed up with the Queen's Commonwealth Trust (QCT) — a charity that provides assistance and funding to projects of youth advocates throughout the Commonwealth — to offer 1,000 young leaders free access to BetterUp’s full coaching platform.

"The impact of our mission is on a global scale," he wrote. "We saw it, for example, in our partnership with the Queen's Commonwealth Trust earlier this year, when 1,000 inspired young leaders across the Commonwealth gained tools for resilience and mental fitness that will be with them for life and will help to accelerate their impact on the world."

Robichaux and Medina explained that BetterUp gave the young leaders around the world free access to the app "so that they are better prepared for the pressures of becoming an entrepreneur, and so that their creative ideas can become reality."

The collaboration with Queen Elizabeth's global program "is aimed at helping them build and strengthen their confidence, resilience, and mental fitness, so they can expand their work, have a better chance of their creative ideas becoming reality, and ultimately, help their organizations drive greater impact," wrote the company's co-founders.

In the post, they also announced their decision to join Pledge 1%, a global movement co-founded by Salesforce chairman and CEO Marc Benioff, Atlassian co-founder Scott Farquhar and others that encourages companies to donate 1% of their equity, staff time, product or profit to their communities.

According to the co-founders, BetterUp has been giving its employees five paid days to volunteer in charitable activities that are meaningful to them. The company has also provided free access to life-changing personal growth and development to organizations that support underserved and marginalized groups and communities.

Prince Harry expanded upon this commitment by laying out his intentions as chief impact officer, writing that social impact is "intrinsic" to BetterUp's work and that their success depends on the positive social change they can make.

He also shared that he believes it's important to approach "training for mental fitness" just as consciously as people pursue physical well-being and that there is a need to have a "support structure" for people who want to find their "version of peak performance."

Prince Harry's update comes days after author Christopher Andersen claimed that Her Majesty's alleged decision to remove her grandson and his wife Meghan Markle's photo from her table during the filming of the Queen's 2019 Christmas broadcast was a "turning point" in the Sussexes' relationship with the royal family.

"I think that was one of the things that prompted them to issue the statement that they were stepping back from royal [life for a] full-time real life," Andersen claimed during an interview with Us Weekly.

The New York Times best-selling author — who recently released his new book "Brothers and Wives: Inside the Private Lives of William, Kate, Harry and Meghan" — claimed that being pushed out had been "hurtful" for Prince Harry to see after being a part of the tradition for so many years. Andersen cited "a friend of Harry's" as saying that the duke felt he was "being erased in a sense from the family."

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Harry Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Harry at the annual Chelsea Flower Show at Royal Hospital Chelsea on May 18, 2015 in London, England. Photo: Getty Images/Julian Simmonds-WPA Pool