'No Other Option': Prince Harry Breaks His Silence On Megxit
Prince Harry has said he had “no other option” but to stand down from royal duties, during a speech at a private charity dinner on Sunday night.
The Duke of Sussex explained why he and his wife Meghan Markle had made the decision, noting it was "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," Harry said.
"What I want to make clear is, we are not walking away and we are certainly not walking away from you."
This is the Prince's first public address since he and Meghan announced they would be stepping down from their positions as senior royals.
His hope was to continue serving the Queen, the Commonwealth, and his military associations, but without public funding.
"Unfortunately, that wasn’t possible," Harry said. "I’ve accepted this, knowing 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 acknowledged he was born into this life and praised the public for talking him under its wing when his mother Princess Diana died.
Despite the royal exit, Harry was adamant he has the "upmost respect" for his grandmother The Queen and is grateful for her support of him and Meghan, as well as the support of the rest of the royal family.
"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."
His praise of the general public stretched to thanking them for giving him an "education about living".
"This role has taught me more about what is right and just than I could have ever imagined," Harry told attendees.
"We are taking a leap of faith - thank you for giving me the courage to take this next step."