'We're not walking away': Harry's emotional speech on royal duties

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NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Mon, 20 Jan 2020, 11:57AM
Harry has promised to continue to serve. Photo / AP
Harry has promised to continue to serve. Photo / AP

'We're not walking away': Harry's emotional speech on royal duties

Author
NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Mon, 20 Jan 2020, 11:57AM

Prince Harry has made an emotional speech, saying that the decision to "step back" from his royal duties has brought him "great sadness".

The remarks were delivered at a dinner to support the Sentebale charity, as Harry took aim at the media as a "powerful force" and promised to be the "same man who holds his country dear" as he moves into the next phase of his life.

"The UK is my home and a place that I love. That will never change," he said.

Harry praised his wife Meghan, saying that she "upholds the same values I do" and that the pair "both do everything we can to fly the flag and carry out our roles for this country with pride".

Reflecting on the couple's ambitions, Harry said they were "excited" and "hopeful" to serve the Commonwealth after their marriage.

"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 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. But I hope that helps you understand what it had to 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.

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

"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."

Harry went on to say that he still retained the "utmost respect" for his grandmother, who he dubbed his "commander in chief" and thanked her for the support she has shown Meghan.

 

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