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US News Prince Harry on leaving royal role: 'There was no other option'

03:40  20 january  2020
03:40  20 january  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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Prince Harry has revealed he and Meghan felt they had no other option but to leave the Royal Family behind during a speech for his Sentebale charity. And this role has taught me more about what is right and just than I could have ever imagined. We are taking a leap of faith - thank you for giving me

Twitter Email Britain's Prince Harry has said that he and his wife were standing down from the royal family with "great sadness", but there was " no other option ". Harry will give up a Commonwealth role and his three military appointments, the most prominent being Captain General Royal Marines.

Prince Harry has revealed he and Meghan felt they had "no other option" but to leave the Royal Family behind during a speech for his Sentebale charity.

The Duke of Sussex was speaking to supporters of the organisation at a dinner in London on Sunday, a day after Buckingham Palace issued a statement confirming the terms of the Sussexes' decision to step back as senior royals.

Harry told those gathered: "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.

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Prince Harry has broken his silence on his break with the royal family, saying there was " no other option " for him and wife Meghan Markle. Speaking at a dinner in central London held for his Sentebale charity supporting children with HIV in southern Africa, the Duke of Sussex said it brings.

Prince Harry has revealed he and Meghan felt they had no other option but to leave the Royal Family behind during a speech for his Sentebale charity.

"It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges.

a close up of a woman: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are stepping back as senior members of the Royal Family © PA The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are stepping back as senior members of the Royal Family

"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.

"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."

Harry added that he hopes "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 more peaceful life".

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Britain's Prince Harry spoke on Sunday of his sadness at being forced to give up his royal duties in a deal with Queen Elizabeth and senior Windsors that They were not walking away, he explained. “As far as this goes, there really was no other option ,” he added. He told the audience at the charity he

The Duke of Sussex has said he is "taking a leap of faith" in stepping back from his life as a member of the royal family but added " there really was no other option ", during a speech at a private dinner for his charity Sentebale.

He continued: "I was born into this life, and it is a great honour to serve my country and the Queen."

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 19:  The Duke of Sussex makes a speech as Sentebale held an event on January 19, 2020, hosted by The Caring Foundation, to raise funds for Sentebale’s vital work supporting young people affected by HIV in southern Africa, in London, United Kingdom. The event was attended by Sentebale’s Co-Founding Patron, The Duke of Sussex, The Caring Foundation’s founders Richard and Patricia Caring amongst friends old and new of the charity and foundation. Guests were entertained by a performance from international chart-topping artist, Lewis Capaldi. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Sentebale) © 2020 Getty Images LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 19: The Duke of Sussex makes a speech as Sentebale held an event on January 19, 2020, hosted by The Caring Foundation, to raise funds for Sentebale’s vital work supporting young people affected by HIV in southern Africa, in London, United Kingdom. The event was attended by Sentebale’s Co-Founding Patron, The Duke of Sussex, The Caring Foundation’s founders Richard and Patricia Caring amongst friends old and new of the charity and foundation. Guests were entertained by a performance from international chart-topping artist, Lewis Capaldi. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Sentebale)

Harry, who set up the charity to honour the legacy of his mother's work in supporting those with HIV and AIDS, was speaking while Meghan is in Canada with their son Archie.

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Prince Harry and Meghan will no longer use their HRH titles and will not receive public funds for royal duties, Buckingham Palace has announced. In a separate statement, Buckingham Palace said: "The Sussexes will not use their HRH titles as they are no longer working members of the Royal Family."

Prince Harry opened the speech thanking those U.K. citizens who have supported him, especially in the wake of his mother Princess Diana’s death in 1997. However, he now feels there is no other way to live a “peaceful life” than to step back from his royal duties. “The decision that I have made for my

He told those gathered: "When I lost my mum 23 years ago, you took me under your wing. You've looked out for me for so long, but the media is a powerful force, and my hope is one day our collective support for each other can be more powerful because this is so much bigger than just us.

"It has been our privilege to serve you, and we will continue to lead a life of service.

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"It has also been a privilege to meet so many of you, and to feel your excitement for our son Archie, who saw snow for the first time the other day and thought it was bloody brilliant!

"I will always have the utmost respect for my grandmother, my commander in chief, and I am incredibly grateful to her and the rest of my family, for the support they have shown Meghan and I over the last few months.

"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.

Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Elizabeth II are posing for a picture: The Queen attended Sunday mass with Prince Andrew on Sunday © PA The Queen attended Sunday mass with Prince Andrew on Sunday

"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 have ever imagined. We are taking a leap of faith - thank you for giving me the courage to take this next step."

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Prince Harry explains decision to step back from royal duties: " There really was no other option ". Harry used the moment to call out the media as a "powerful force," explaining that he hopes "one day our collective support for each other can be more powerful because this is so much bigger than just us."

Image caption Prince Harry was speaking at a charity event on Sunday night. The Duke of Sussex has said he is "taking a leap of faith" in stepping back from his life as a member of the Royal Family but said " there really was no other option ". Speaking at an event on Sunday evening, he said he wanted to

Harry was speaking after he and Meghan issued a bombshell statement on 8 January, where they announced they would be stepping back as senior royals.

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Harry began his speech on Sunday by saying he "can only imagine what you may have heard or perhaps read over the last few weeks".

He continued: "So, 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.

"The UK 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 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!

Madame Tussauds London moves its figures of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex from its Royal Family set to elsewhere in the attraction, in the wake of the announcement that they will take a step back as © PA Wire/PA Images Madame Tussauds London moves its figures of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex from its Royal Family set to elsewhere in the attraction, in the wake of the announcement that they will take a step back as "senior members" of the royal family, dividing their time between the UK and North America. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)

"I also know 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.

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"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."

Sky's royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills said: "Yes we've heard statements previously but this is the first time in his words that he's told an audience how he's feeling.

UK newspapers for sale at a newsagent in Ashford, Kent, in the wake of the announcement that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will take a step back as © PA Wire/PA Images UK newspapers for sale at a newsagent in Ashford, Kent, in the wake of the announcement that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will take a step back as "senior members" of the royal family, dividing their time between the UK and North America. (Photo by Gareth Fuller/PA Images via Getty Images)

"He is reiterating the fact that Harry and Meghan have wanted this new kind of life partly because of the intense scrutiny that they feel they faced from the press here in the UK but also around the world.

"After all we also heard from the Queen last night how she recognised that intense scrutiny that they've faced when it came to coming up with that deal to allow them to live that more independent life.

"So for the first time we have heard words from Prince Harry explaining, as he describes it, the truth behind the reason they had to make this dramatic decision about their future."

The Queen had smiled for the cameras earlier on Sunday after appearing in public with Prince Andrew for the first time since he retired from royal duties.

She appeared relaxed as she arrived at church near Sandringham shortly after sealing a deal with Harry which means he and his wife can step back from life as senior royals.

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