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Prince Harry has been slammed as "out of touch" after claiming that job resignations hastened by the Covid-19 pandemic "aren't all bad".
The Duke of Sussex said that employees putting their mental health and happiness first should be "celebrated".
He was questioned about the increase in job resignations accelerated by the pandemic which has been dubbed the "Great Resignation" by US economists, Evening Standard reports.
Some people online claimed Harry's comments show he doesn't live in the real world where people "need money to live".
The prince made the claims in an interview speaking as chief impact officer for coaching and mental health firm BetterUp.
Prince Harry said: "I’ve actually discovered recently, courtesy of a chat with (BetterUp science board member) Adam Grant, that a lot of the job resignations you mention aren’t all bad.
"In fact, it is a sign that with self-awareness comes the need for change.
"Many people around the world have been stuck in jobs that didn’t bring them joy, and now they’re putting their mental health and happiness first. This is something to be celebrated.
"While on the surface it looks like these last couple of years brought all these issues to the foreground, the reality is these struggles and issues have been brewing for quite some time.
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"We’re just at the beginning of the mental health awakening."
The comments have been met with criticism online with some branding the former royal "out of touch".
One person wrote on Twitter: "How out of touch is he, people in the real world need money to live in! Prince Harry issues new rallying-cry – Duke says quitting should be 'celebrated'."
Another wrote: "But only if your daddy is Prince Charles and can buy you a $14 million (£10.56 million) mansion by putting down the deposit, act as a guarantor on your mortgage and pay for your security."
A third stated: "Says the multimillionaire Prince from his Montecito mansion."
The Sussexes have been contacted for comment.
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