Prince Harry reveals the recent royal discussions have brought 'great sadness' in new statement

Prince Harry delivers his first speech after the Queen's statement releasing him and Meghan Markle of their royal titles.

On Sunday night the Duke of Sussex attended The Ivy Chelsea Garden where he addressed the audience of Sentebale, the charity he formed more than a decade ago, revealing his reasoning of stepping back from the royal family.

Speaking openly to the audience, Prince Harry spoke of the recent events that have led to the deal for his and Meghan's new life, saying that his decision wasn't made lightly, and that the outcome from discussions with the Queen has indeed brought "great sadness."

Before speaking on the charity's work, the Duke of Sussex addressed the audience: "Before I begin, I must say that I can only imagine what you may have heard or perhaps read over the last few weeks.... So, I want you to hear the truth from me, as much as I can share – not as a Prince, or a Duke, but as Harry, the same person that many of you have watched grow up over the last 35 years – but with a clearer perspective.

"The UK is my home and a place that I love. That will never change. I also know you've come to know me well enough over all these years to trust that the woman I chose as my wife upholds the same values as I do. And she does, and she's the same woman I fell in love with.

"We both do everything we can to fly the flag and carry out our roles for this country with pride. Once Meghan and I were married, we were excited, we were hopeful, and we were here to serve.

"For those reasons, it brings me great sadness that it has come to this.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back is not one I made lightly. It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges. And I know I haven't always gotten it right, but as far as this goes, there was no other option."

"And I know I haven’t always gotten it right, but as far as this goes, there really was no other option. What I want to make clear is we’re not walking away, and we certainly aren’t walking away from you. Our hope was to continue serving the Queen, the commonwealth, and my military associations, but without public funding. Unfortunately, that wasn’t possible. I’ve accepted this, knowing that it doesn’t change who I am or how committed I am. But I hope that helps you understand what it had to come to, that I would step my family back from all I have ever known, to take a step forward into what I hope can be a more peaceful life. 

"I was born into this life, and it is a great honour to serve my country and the queen. When I lost my mum 23 years ago, you took me under your wing. You’ve looked out for me for so long, but the media is a powerful force, and my hope is one day our collective support for each other can be more powerful because this is so much bigger than just us.

"I've accepted this, knowing that it doesn't change who I am or how committed I am. But I hope that helps you understand what it had to come to, that I would step my family back from all I have ever known, to take a step forward into what I hope can be a more peaceful life.

"It has been our privilege to serve you, and we will continue to lead a life of service. It has also been a privilege to meet so many of you, and to feel your excitement for our son Archie, who saw snow for the first time the other day and thought it was bloody brilliant!

"I will always have the utmost respect for my grandmother, my commander in chief, and I am incredibly grateful to her and the rest of my family, for the support they have shown Meghan and I over the last few months. I will continue to be the same man who holds his country dear and dedicates his life to supporting the causes, charities and military communities that are so important to me.

"Together, you have given me an education about living. And this role has taught me more about what is right and just than I could have ever imagined. We are taking a leap of faith - thank you for giving me the courage to take this next step."

In the Queen's statement just a day before, she revealed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would have to relinquish their royal titles and will no longer represent the Queen under the agreement reached by all four royal households.

The couple will continue to support their private charities and will repay the £2.4million of taxpayers' money spent on renovating their royal home, Frogmore Cottage, which will remain their UK residence.

Prince Harry will also step down as Captain-General of the Royal Marines, Honorary Air Commandant at RAF Honington and Commodore-in-Chief, Small Ships and Diving. However, he and Meghan will keep their roles as President and Vice President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust. 

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