Prince Harry said that the UK will always be his home and the place he loves tonight in a moving speech.
But he said he had “no choice” other than to leave the country for North America.
The Duke of Sussex was speaking at the Ivy Chelsea Club in London at an event for his Sentebale charity.
He has wasted no time in addressing the problems that have swirled around him and Meghan since they announced their plans to separate from the royal family almost two weeks ago.
“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 “began the real.
“The UK is my home and a place I love. It will never change.
“I grew up feeling the support of many of you, and saw 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, hooray!”
Harry went on to explain how he and Meghan’s decision to leave his senior role in The Firm had caused them “great sadness”.
“I also know that you have known me well enough for all these years to trust that the woman I chose as my wife upholds the same values as me,” he continued.
“And she does, and she is the same woman I fell in love with.
“We both do everything we can to fly 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 that I made lightly. It was 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.
“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.”
Harry said he hoped that their departure from current senior real roles would help him have a more “peaceful” life.
He continued: “When I lost my mom 23 years ago, you took me under your wing.
“You have looked at me for so long, but the media is a powerful force and my hope is that one day our collective support will be more powerful because it is much bigger than we are.”
The Prince also revealed how Archie had seen the snow for the first time for the first time and thought it was “bloody bright”.
He also took the opportunity to praise his grandmother, the queen.
“I will always have the utmost respect for my grandmother, my commander in chief, and I am incredibly grateful to you and the rest of my family for the support they have shown to Meghan and I in the past few months,” began the Prince.
“I will continue to be the same man who cherishes his country and dedicates his life to supporting the causes, charities and military communities that are so important to me.
“Together, you gave me an education about life. And this role taught me more about what’s right and just like I never could have imagined.
“We are taking a leap of confidence – thanks for giving me the courage to take this next step.”
The duke took the time to praise his “friend” Gareth Thomas, the Welsh Rugby Union legend who recently surfaced as an HIV positive in an interview with The Mirror.
“Here, I can’t fail to mention my dear friend Gareth Thomas – who in my mind – has literally changed the way people think about HIV – so thank you friend” said Harry speaking of the work Sentebale does for young people with the viruses in Lesotho and Botswana.
At the end of the speech Harry gave way to the Scottish sensation of the singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi.