Prince Harry Launches Major Project that’s Been in the Works Since Before His Royal Exit

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Prince Harry has officially launched his first project since stepping back from his royal duties. 

This week, the Duke of Sussex released a new initiative called HeadFIT for Life, an online platform designed to help army personnel and veterans to stay mentally fit at work and at home. The new service (which officially launched Monday morning) provides U.K. military personnel with 24/7 access to mental healthcare and advice and includes tools for breathing exercises, relaxation and improved body posture. Each aspect was created specifically with retired military personnel in mind. 

“Today, when we talk about fitness, we don't just mean how fast you can run or how much weight you can carry,” Harry said in a video posted on the organization's website. “This is about mental fitness, strength and resilience—not just while wearing the uniform but for the rest of your life. If you want to be truly fit, strong and healthy, you need to train your mind and body as one.”

According to People, HeadFIT has been about three years in the making. In fact, The Royal Foundation’s Heads Together Initiative announced its plan to create a mental health-focused program (with the support of the Ministry of Defence) in 2017. 

“I've long believed the military community should lead the way for the rest of society,” Prince Harry said in a statement according to the outlet. “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."

The initiative fits perfectly into Harry’s wheelhouse, considering he served in the British Army for ten years. He's since continued to work with veterans and encourage them to focus on their health. 

Way to go, Harry, we can’t wait to see what else you’ve been working on. 

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