On Sunday night, Prince Harry held attended a fundraiser for his charity Sentable where he addressed his and Meghan Markle’s choice to step down from their roles as senior royals.
“I can only imagine what you have heard or read over the past few weeks. I want you to hear the truth from me, as much as I can share. Not as a prince or as a duke but as Harry. The same person many of you have watched grow up over the last 35 years just with a clearer perspective. The U.K. is my home and I place that I love, that will never change. I have grown up feeling supported by so many of you and I watched as you welcomed Meghan with open arms as you saw me find the love and happiness I hoped for my entire life. Finally, the second son of Diana got hitched, hooray!” he started.
“I also know you have come to know me well enough that the woman I choose upholds the same values as I do 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 carry out our roles for this country with pride. Once Meghan and I were married we were excited, we were hopefully, and we were here to serve. For those reasons, it brings me great sadness that it has come to this,” Harry, Duke of Sussex continued while speaking about his and Meghan’s choice to step back.
“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 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.”
“When I lost my mom 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.”
“It has been a privilege to meet so many of you and feel your excitement for us and Archie, who saw snow 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,” he 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. 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,” he said as he finished that part of his speech which was met by applause.
The speech comes as the palace confirmed that Harry and Megan will no longer be working royals and will be self-funded as they move to Canada. The transition is expected to be complete by the spring.