Prince Harry has spoken publicly about his bombshell decision to quit the royal family, telling guests at a charity dinner he wanted to deliver “the truth from me”, while pleading for them to trust that “my wife upholds the same values as I do”.
In his speech, delivered at the Sentebale fundraiser at The Ivy in London on Sunday night and shared on Twitter via royal reporter Omid Scobie, the Duke of Sussex spoke frankly about the tumultuous period his family was experiencing.
“I can only imagine what you may have heard or perhaps read over the last few weeks,” Harry told the crowd.
“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.
“... 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!
“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.
“We both do everything we can to fly the flag and carry out our roles for this country with pride.”
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Harry went on to admit he was disappointed that what he had hoped to achieve in the royal family with Meghan Markle had ended like this.
“Once Meghan and I were married, we were excited, we were hopeful, and we were here to serve,” he explained.
“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.”
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