The Duke of Sussex is packing ’em in.
Fresh off the back of him landing his first job in the private sector with a Silicon Valley startup comes the news he’s been hired by the daughter-in-law of media mogul Rupert Murdoch to fight the spread of misinformation.
The 36-year-old prince joins Kathryn Murdoch, wife of Murdoch’s son James, and 14 others – including American journalist Katie Couric and Color of Change president Rashad Robinson – as a celebrity commissioner at the Aspen Institute’s new Commission on Information Disorder.
The Aspen Institute, which is located close to the White House in Washington, DC, is one of America’s best-known – and funded – think-tanks, whose mission is to build a “free, just and equitable society”.
Harry, who has called out the media in the past for biased and negative reporting, said in a statement: “As I’ve said the experience of today's digital world has us inundated with an avalanche of misinformation, affecting our ability as individuals as well as societies to think clearly and truly understand the world we live in.
“It’s my belief that this is a humanitarian issue and as such, it demands a multi-stakeholder response from advocacy voices, members of the media, academic researchers and both government and civil society leaders.
Earlier this week it was announced that he’d been hired as the chief impact officer at BetterUp – a billion-dollar Californian startup that focuses on mental-health coaching.
Aspen doesn’t come without some controversy.
Last year it was shamed after it was revealed its bosses accepted more than $8 million in federal small-business funds during the pandemic – despite having a board of billionaire trustees. After a period of “reflection” they handed the money back.
The current commission is being funded by controversial American billionaire Craig Newmark (68), founder of the ad website Craigslist.
Sources: dailymail.co.uk, harpersbazaar.com