Now that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have officially resigned as senior members of the royal family, both Sussex are busy with solo activities as they adjust to their new lives. Meghan already got her first post-royalty gig doing voiceover work on a Disney documentary about elephants. Now Prince Harry has announced his own great project.
On April 27, 2020, Harry launched a new online platform called HeadFIT, which will provide “UK military personnel 24/7 access to mental health care and advice.” People . The project was scheduled to launch in June 2020, but the coronavirus pandemic caused the team to launch it early as a resource for the military and women in distress, according to the afternoon Standard .
The platform includes tools to help improve mood, motivation, confidence and relaxation. There are breathing exercises, relaxation tools, and more. The techniques are designed to be easy to incorporate into daily military life, whether users are on active duty or not. Helping the military community is one of Harry’s greatest passions. He served in the UK military for 10 years, including two tours of Afghanistan. As part of the terms surrounding Megxit, Harry was “forced to give up all his military appointments,” according to Harper’s Bazaar .
Although HeadFIT launched in April 2020, it has been in the works for years.
HeadFIT has been in development for almost 3 years
Prince Harry first announced HeadFIT in October 2017, according to People . At the time, it was a project under The Royal Foundation’s mental health campaign, Heads Together, which Harry launched with Prince William and Kate Middleton in April 2016. Although Harry and Meghan Markle are no longer part of The Royal Foundation, he continued to collaborate on heads together.
“HeadFIT has been in development for almost three years and I am extremely grateful to everyone who has been on this journey with us,” said Harry in a statement, by People . “Everyone who has worked on it, to create what we have today, should be incredibly proud and excited by the impact it will have.”
The UK Ministry of Defense and mental health experts at Kings College London helped develop the platform. It is all part of a plan to help promote mental fitness as well as physical fitness for the military.
“It’s about optimizing yourself,” said Harry in the statement. “It’s about being the best you can be. It’s about gaining an edge, whether it’s facing an opponent or overcoming a challenging situation. It’s about developing endurance that matches that of most world-class athletes and preparing you for daily stress. Being HeadFIT is being at your best. «
All that said, it is very clear that Harry and Meghan are not wasting any time settling down in their post-royalty lives.