BREAKING: Prince Harry has spoken out for the first time about his & Meghan Markle's departure from the royal family: "I know I haven't always gotten it right, but as far as this goes there really was no other option." https://t.co/uKbibzYIKR pic.twitter.com/fko8GN7MsO— E! News (@enews) January 19, 2020
Harry, formerly known as Prince Harry, spoke out for the first time since he and Meghan announced they were stepping down from royal duties at a private charity dinner. He said he is sad about his and Meghan Markle's upcoming royal exit and adds that he was the one who made the decision for the two to step back from their royal duties.
"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," Harry said at the Sentebale dinner. "The U.K. is my home and a place that I love. That will never change."
"I have grown up feeling support from so many of you, and I watched as you welcomed Meghan with open arms (lol) 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, hurray!" he said at the dinner. "I also know you've come to know me well enough over all these years to trust that the women I chose as my wife upholds the same values as I do. And she does, and she's the same woman I feel in love with."
"The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back, is not one I made lightly," Harry 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," he continued. "Our hope was to continue serving the Queen, the Commonwealth and my military associations, but without public funding. Unfortunately, that wasn't possible. 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 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."
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