Prince Harry announces first big project since stepping away from royal life

royals 28/04/2020

Prince Harry has announced his first big project since he officially stepped down from royal life.

Harry has revealed he is launching a new initiative that supports one of his most important causes: helping the military.

The project is HeadFIT - a new online platform that provides U.K. military personnel with 24/7 access to mental healthcare and advice. It marks Harry's first major initiative since he stepped back from his royal duties on March 31.

Created by The Royal Foundation's mental health campaign Heads Together - launched by Harry, Prince William and Kate Middleton in April 2016 - HeadFIT was first announced by the Duke of Sussex in October 2017.

It has since been developed in association with the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD) and leading mental health experts at Kings College London.

“HeadFIT has been almost three years in the making, and I am extremely grateful for everyone who has been on this journey with us,” Prince Harry says in a statement about the platform, which includes tools for breathing exercises, relaxation and improved body posture designed specifically for both serving and retired military personnel.

The goal is that these techniques can be easily integrated into everyday life, whether that involves guard duty, performing ceremonial duties for Queen Elizabeth or simply relaxing at home.

“Everyone who has worked on it, to create what we have today, should be incredibly proud and excited for the impact it will have,” adds Harry, who served for 10 years in the U.K. armed forces, including two tours of Afghanistan.

He continues, "I've long believed the military community should lead the way for the rest of society. For too long we have been waiting for problems to arise and then reacting to them. HeadFIT is a proactive approach to mental fitness, focusing on our own potential to increase our performance, using proven methods in sport science.

"This is about optimisation of self,” he adds. “This is about being the best you can be. This is about gaining an advantage, whether facing an opponent or overcoming a challenging situation. This is about building resilience that will match that of most world class athletes