Prince Harry opens up about his departure from Royal Family in emotional speech

royals 20/01/2020

Prince Harry has spoken out in a raw and revealing speech about the reasons he and Meghan Markle are stepping back as members of the royal family. 

"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 watched grow up, but now with a clearer perspective," he said at a dinner for the Sentebale charity in London. 

Footage of the bombshell speech was shared to the official Sussex Royal Instagram account. 

"Once Meghan and I were married, we were excited, we were hopeful, and we were here to serve," Harry explained. 

"For those reasons it brings me great sadness that it has come to this." 

The Duke of Sussex said he felt he had "no other option" than to take the drastic measure.

"Our hope was to continue serving the Queen, the Commonwealth, and my military association, but without public funding. Unfortunately, that wasn't possible," Harry said. 

"I hope that helps you understand what it had come to, that I would step my family back from all that I had ever known, to take a step forward into what I hope can be a more peaceful life."