An emotional Prince Harry has broken his silence about his decision to split from the Royal family to start a more independent life.
During a speech at the Sentebale fundraiser in the UK, the Duke of Sussex said he wanted people to “hear the truth from me”.
“I can only imagine what you may have heard or perhaps read over the last few weeks,” Prince Harry began.
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“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.”
He continued by saying that his love for the UK will never change, and that it will always remain his home.
Harry then went on to reveal that his and Meghan’s decision to step back from their royal roles “brings him great sadness”, adding it is not a decision he made lightly.
“Once Meghan and I were married, we were excited, we were hopeful, and we were here to serve,” he explained.
“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 gotten it right, but as far as this goes, there really was no other option.”
During the speech, the Duke of Sussex said he hopes everyone will “trust that the woman I chose as my wife upholds the same values as I do”.
“I have grown up feeling support from so many of you, and I watched as you welcomed Meghan with open arms as you saw me find the love and happiness that I had hoped for all my life. Finally, the second son of Diana got hitched, hurrah!” he joked.
“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.”
He finished by thanking everyone for “giving him the courage to take this next step.”
“What I want to make clear is we’re not walking away… Our hope was to continue serving the Queen, the commonwealth, and my military associations, but without public funding. Unfortunately, this wasn’t possible,” he explained.
“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 had to 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.
“We are taking a leap of faith…. thank you for giving me the courage to take this next step.”
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