Prince Harry has delivered his first personal comments about his decision to step back from public life, the Duke expressed disappointment with the conclusions reached about his future, and said it brought him “great sadness” that it had to come to this.
He also revealed that he had hoped to continue serving the Queen, the commonwealth, and his military associations without public funding, but “Unfortunately, that wasn’t possible
His heartfelt speech was delivered at a private dinner for Sentebale, the charity he co-founded in London, hours after Buckingham Palace announced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were to give up their HRH titles and would no longer formally represent the Queen. He said:
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.
The UK is my home and a place that I love. That will never change. What I want to make clear is we’re not walking away, and we certainly aren’t walking away from you. 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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