Prince Harry made a speech Sunday evening during a charity event explaining why he and his wife, Meghan Markle, had decided to step back as senior members of the royal family. Buckingham Palace released a statement on Saturday night explaining the new roles that have been defined for Harry and Meghan as the couple step back from their senior homework.
On Sunday evening, attending an event in the capital, the Duke of Sussex gave a speech in which he explained why he would step back with the royal family.
Prince Harry said he “had no choice” but to withdraw from the family.
During his speech, Prince Harry admitted that he and Meghan were disappointed that they could no longer represent the queen, but explained that they could not continue as royal royalty.
In a sincere speech to supporters of his beneficial AIDS charity in Africa, the Duke of Sussex explained their choice to leave and part of his sadness.
It was his first speech since he and Meghan agreed to retire under a historic deal with the Queen.
He said to the public in a London restaurant: “Before I start, I have to say that I can only imagine what you may have heard or perhaps read in the past few weeks.
“So, I want you to hear the truth from me, as far as I can share – not as a Prince or Duke, but as Harry, the same person that many of you have seen growing in the past 35 years – but with a clearer perspective .
“The UK is my home and a place that I love. This will never change.
“I grew up feeling the support of so many of you, and watched as you welcomed Meghan with open arms as you saw me find the love and happiness I had hoped for all my life. In the end, Diana’s second child was hooked, cheers!
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“I also know that you’ve come to know me well enough for all these years to trust that the woman I chose as my wife upholds the same values as me. And she does, and she is the same woman I fell in love with.”
He added: “We both do everything we can to wave the flag and play our roles for this country with pride. Once Meghan and I got married, we were excited, we were full of hope and we were here to serve.
“For these reasons, it brings me a great sadness for this.
“The decision I made for my wife and I to step back is not a decision I made lightly. It has been so many months of discussions after so many years of challenges. And I know I didn’t always get it right, but as for that, there was really no other option.
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“What I want to clarify is that we are not going away and certainly we are not going away. Our hope was to continue serving the Queen, the Commonwealth and my military associations, but without public funding. Unfortunately, this was not possible.
“I accepted it, knowing that it doesn’t change who I am or how busy I am. But I hope this will help you understand what was going to happen, that I would have moved my family away from everything I ever knew, to take a step forward in what I hope will be a more peaceful life. “
Additional reports by Richard Palmer, correspondent for the Daily Express Royal
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