In the latest update to the news that’s rocked royalists everywhere, Harry has made a speech to address the situation for the first time since the news broke. His Royal Highness (oh actually, scratch that as Harry and Meghan have officially given up their royal titles.) HRH was speaking at his charity Sentebale – his Africa-based charity supporting youngsters with HIV – at the Ivy Chelsea Garden in London.
The UK is my home and a place that I love. That will never change,” he said.
“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. 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.
“I know I haven’t always got it right, but as far as this goes, there really was no other option.”
Watch the full speech below.
The Duke of Sussex and Meghan initially said they would “step back” from their senior roles in The Royal Family. They wanted to continue serving The Queen, the Commonwealth and his military associations, without any public funding, but it has been decided that this is not possible. Instead, Harry will give up his Commonwealth role along with his three military appointments. The couple also announced they will repay taxpayers the $4.5 million used to renovate their family home.
In an official statement, The Queen responded saying Harry, Meghan and baby Archie will always be beloved members of her family. She “recognises the challenges they have experienced as a result of the intense scrutiny over the last two years”.