“I can only imagine what you may have heard and perhaps read over the past few weeks,” Prince Harry said on Sunday evening (19 January) at the fundraiser for Sentebale, the charity he co-founded in 2006 which helps children living with HIV in southern Africa. “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.”
Under the new arrangement, outlined in a statement issued by Buckingham Palace on 18 January, which will take effect in the spring, Harry and Meghan will not use their HRH titles, as they are no longer working members of the royal family. They will step back from royal duties, including official military appointments, and as such they will no longer receive public funds for royal duties. Frogmore Cottage, in the grounds of Windsor Castle, will remain their UK family home.
Prince Harry said in his speech, which has been shared on the @sussexroyal Instagram, that when he and Meghan 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,” he continued. “It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges and I know I haven’t always got it right, but as far as this goes there really was no other option. We are taking a leap of faith – so thank you for giving me the courage to take this next step.”