Prince Harry has finally broken his silence about his decision to step back from his prominent role in the royal family.
Over the weekend it was confirmed he and Meghan Markle would be losing their titles when they step back in the spring.
And Harry has admitted that it has brought him ‘great sadness’ that it has come to this.
He was at a formal private dinner at The Ivy in Chelsea for Sentebale, the charity supporting young people affected by HIV and Aids that he founded in 2006.
In an emotional speech, posted to the couple’s Instagram account, he said: ‘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.’
‘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.’
Speaking from the heart, he added: ‘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. 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 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 peaceful life.’
‘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,’ he said.
‘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 ever have imagined. We are taking a leap of faith so thank you for giving me the courage to take this next step.’
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will officially step back from their roles as senior royals in spring.