Britain's Prince Harry.
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LONDON – In his first speech since stepping back from the British monarchy, Prince Harry said the outcome brought him “great sadness”.
Buckingham Palace announced on Saturday that Harry and wife Meghan have given up their royal titles and will no longer be referred to as their Royal Highnesses.
The couple will also no longer formally represent Queen Elizabeth and will no longer receive funds for public duties.
“Our hope was to continue serving the queen, the Commonwealth and my military associations without public funding. Sadly that wasn’t possible,” Prince Harry said in a speech to the Sentebale charity.
“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 come to, that I would step back from all I have ever known to take a step forward into what I hope can be a more peaceful life,” he said.
“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 said.
Prince Harry, Meghan and their son Archie are expected to move to Canada for a more independent life.
“The UK is my home and a place that I love. That will never change,” Harry said, adding,“it brings me great sadness that it has come to this.”
Harry will remain a prince and he and his wife will keep their titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Queen Elizabeth, in a statement on Saturday, described the decision as “constructive”, adding that it follows “many months of conversations and more recent discussions”.
“I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life,” she said. ICA/Expat Media
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