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Prince Harry on Sunday publicly addressed his decision to “step back” from royal life, saying he wanted to continue supporting Queen Elizabeth without public funding, but “unfortunately, that wasn’t possible.”

In a speech given at a dinner for supporters of the Sentebale charity in London, the Prince addressed why he and his wife, Meghan Markle, chose to relinquish their “royal highness” titles and move part-time to Canada.

“Before I begin, I must say that I can only imagine what you may have heard, or perhaps read, over the past few weeks,” Harry began. “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 past 35 years, but now with a clearer perspective.”

 

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at tonight’s dinner for supporters of Sentebale in London Video © SussexRoyal

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“The U.K. is my home and a place that I love. That will never change,” he continued. “I have grown up feeling supported by so many of you, and I watched as you welcomed Meghan with open arms, as you saw the love and happiness that I had hoped for all my life. Finally, the second son of Diana got hitched, hooray!”

Harry then stressed that he and Markle still held the same values, and she’s still the same woman he’s loved. He also recounted the excitement they felt when they began their journey together, and addressed the “great sadness” he feels at the situation becoming so dire.

“The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back is not one I made lightly,” the Prince said. “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 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.”

Harry then explained that he and Markle, 38, originally hoped to support the queen without funds from the public.

“Unfortunately, that wasn’t possible,” he stated. “I’ve accepted this knowing it doesn’t change who I am or how committed I am, but I hope it helps you understand what it had 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.”

Harry then thanked the crowd for taking “me under your wing” after the death of his mother, Diana, 23 years ago.

 

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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA

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“You looked after 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. “It has been our privilege to serve you, and we will continue to lead a life of service. So in that respect, nothing changes.”

Harry concluded by saying he holds “the utmost respect” for his grandmother, and is “incredibly grateful for the support his family has shown him in recent 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,” said Harry. “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 ever have imagined. We are taking a leap of faith, so thank you for giving me the courage to take this next step.”

The speech came after the announcement that Harry and Markle will no longer be referred to as “royal highness” and will pay back the $3.1 million they used to renovate their home, Frogmore Cottage.

A video of the speech was posted to the official Instagram page of Harry and Markle, simply captioned: “Remarks from The Duke of Sussex at tonight’s dinner for supporters of Sentebale in London.”

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14 Comments
  • Candy says:

    She’s an anti-Trumper, The queen made her take down her FB, before marriage, it was nothing but rants about the president,(The Royals don’t participate in Politics)
    I suspect she couldn’t stand not ranting. Since Harry is friends with Obumnut, and I suspect Michelle will throw her hat in the ring , so O can have a third term. They will be campaigning for them.

  • MAC says:

    His fear of the media doing to his wife what they did to his mother is commendable. The English press horrible towards her and hound them both. Not being on the govt payroll allows them privacy and ability to sue the paparazzi if they get close. A hard choice to protect a family but commendable.

  • BenAround says:

    Meh. Blah, blah, blah. Spoiled boy marries attention whore. Becomes pussy-whipped. Blah, blah, blah.

  • Kathleen Marion says:

    She’s a gold digger! According to her sister all she ever wanted was fame and money. She wants to be Hollywood trash, refuses to step up to the class she is offered because of the restrictions. Sadly Harry is in love with her much to his own ruin.

  • Dusty says:

    Super speech but sorry does not sound real! He has to move forward for his own life and family, but will no doubt be giving up many of his old friends and family for her and his son? She had no real family and gave up on her father, who became very sick around the wedding? He was there for many years for her growing up? Now you Harry are to give up on all you have known in your own life to let her be a fake Hollyweird actress. All a game to her no doubt. I get this Prince and now can do as I want as she did per her first marriage see how she left him? He has been somewhat a gentleman about all of that time? So hope you in your heart know and say you would not have done this if not the love of your life and she is everything. Now we all hope she is and that your giving up your family and old friends is worth the new group you will have per your wives choice? Be happy.

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