The Duke of Sussex admitted he had “experienced burnout” and had previously felt he was “coming to the very end of everything I had”.

The royal, 37, made the comments during a live stream alongside tennis star Serena Williams hosted by BetterUp, a mental health company he has been part of since last year.

The Duke said he was “literally coming to the very end of everything I had, any fuel or steam in the engine, just like I was burning out the spark plug at both ends”.

He added: “And it was like a boom, which is when you’re forced to look inside yourself, because with everything around you seemingly, you feel like it works against you, the only way to really fight it.”

The Duke told viewers the importance of ‘self-care’ but said he knew how difficult it could be to find time.

He said: “Self-care is the first thing that goes down. I’m happy to admit him as a husband, as a father.

During the chat, Williams revealed her close relationship with the Duke and how the royal “always solves all the problems in my life”.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion, 40, said the couple had talked for “hours” and were a “coach” to her.



Tennis star Serena Williams and the Duke of Sussex take part in Inner Work Day, an online conversation as part of an event organized by mental health organization BetterUp

The platform, which connects clients with ‘coaches’ who offer personal development advice, hired Harry as impact director in March 2021, a year after he stepped down as an active member. of the royal family.

The Duke admitted he used the service himself and spoke regularly with his trainer.

During a conversation about seeking advice from others, the Duke said: ‘I think people are going to have to rely on each other and professional help, but not just professional help. Also friends, family, maybe complete strangers. Anyone can actually help you with this coaching process.

Williams replied, “Yeah. And I’m glad you said it’s not just professional help, Harry, because it could be a friend or it could be someone who has, like, experience or who just gives you a good overview and on which you can give good comments.

“And I know I joke a lot, but Harry is actually one of my coaches. Whenever I see him, he always solves all the problems in my life.

The athlete also opened up about her hatred of losing, but how her losses ultimately helped her succeed.

She said: “And then when it comes to losing I even hate that word. It’s so much that I want to invent it differently as a growth experience because for me I experience that if I have a loss, I learn so much to a point where as much as I hate it, some of my best growth has come from a loss.

“And for me to take it to the next level, I would never have won that Grand Slam or that tournament if I hadn’t lost to that person that day, no matter how much it hurt.”

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