Prince Harry on Sunday evening addressed the British people on his decision to step down from royal duties stating that there was “no other option” than to exit the royal family.
The Duke of Sussex, at a private dinner for the Sentebale charity on Sunday night, explained why he and his wife Meghan Markle had made the decision.
Prince Harry addressed the guests at the event saying:
“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,”
“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.
“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 got it right, but as far as this goes there really was no other option.”
During the charity dinner, Harry stated that he and Meghan were “not walking away” but made it clear the new deal was not what the couple had wanted.
“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.”
He also spoke about his mum Princess Diana and called out the media.
“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.”
He said he would “continue to lead a life of service”, and added:
“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.”
Prince Harry also paid tribute to the royal family and said he had “the utmost respect” for the Queen, who he described as “my grandmother, my commander in chief”.
“I am incredibly grateful to her and the rest of my family for the support they have shown to Meghan and I over the last few months,”
The duke’s speech follows the announcement on Saturday that Harry and Meghan were stripped of their HRH titles and repay millions of pounds spent renovating their Berkshire home, Frogmore Cottage.
The tenets of the new agreement states that the couple are required to step back from royal duties which includes official military appointments and will no longer
The couple will become known as Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, from spring 2020.