Prince Harrys a well-intentioned person, hypnotist Paul McKenna insists after backlash

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Hypnotist to the stars Paul McKenna has branded Prince Harry a “well-intentioned person” following his comments encouraging people to leave their jobs if work is affecting their mental health. Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, the author, 58, and best friend of Simon Cowell shared his thoughts over comments the Duke of Sussex, 37, made in his role as chief impact officer for mental health company, BetterUp, last year.

I’m sure he said it well-intentioned

Paul McKenna

Paul explained how he thought the Duke of Sussex to be “well-intentioned” despite the controversy surrounding the remarks he made in an interview last year.

The famed hypnotist said: “I mean, I’m sure he’s a well intentioned person.

“I don’t know, I’ve never met him.

“But that’s the impression I get,” Paul added.

However, the star went on to address the backlash the royal’s comments had caused.

Paul said: “That doesn’t mean that everything that someone says, even if they’re well-intentioned, isn’t necessarily going to upset people.

“You know, over the years, we’ve all had that experience, when you go to say something, and people take offence at it.

“Nowadays everyone’s offended by everything, aren’t they? So you have to be really careful,” he warned.

Addressing Harry’s comments again, Paul added: “And I’m sure he said it well-intentioned.”(sic)

Speaking with business magazine Fast Company last month in his role as chief impact officer at mental health company BetterUp, the royal explained why he was “celebrating” the pandemic fuelling job resignations.

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,” he added.

Elsewhere in the interview with Express.co.uk, the esteemed hypnotist praised the Duke of Sussex for opening up on his mental health struggles

The author applauded the royal for opening up a “debate” around the subject.

Speaking about Harry’s decision to be vocal about his mental health battles, Paul admitted that Harry’s admission would have helped a lot of people experiencing similar struggles.

He explained: “Because you say, ‘There are a lot of people like me, I’m not crazy, I’m not bad, I’m not wrong.’

“Because it’s so easy for people to demonise themselves,” Paul said.

“So, on that level, when he started talking about mental health, which is great, we’ve got a proper debate about it.”

Earlier in the year, the Duke appeared on his new mental health docuseries, The Me You Can’t See, which saw him speak to talk show host Oprah Winfrey about his mental health battles.

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