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Prince Harry has spoken of his 'great sadness that it has come to this' as he breaks his silence this evening over Megxit and repeated his respect for the Queen.
The Duke of Sussex was at a formal private dinner at the Ivy, in Chelsea, for vulnerable children's charity Sentebale, when he made the comments.
Speech - UK - Place - Change - Option
In an emotional speech, the 35-year-old said that the UK is a place that he loves and that will 'never change' but that he had 'no other option' than to quit his royal duties.
He said: 'Once Meghan and I 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.
Decision - Wife - Months - Talks - Years
'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.'
It comes after last night's statement from the Queen said Harry and Meghan will 'not use their HRH titles', as they look to forge a new life in North America.
£2 - Spent - Refurbishment - Frogmore - Cottage
As well as returning the £2.4 million spent on a lavish refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage, they will pay a commercial rent – estimated at up to £360,000 a year – to retain it as their British home.
The Duke of Sussex added: 'What I want to make clear is we’re not walking away and we certainly aren’t walking away from you.
Hope - Queen - Commonwealth - Associations - Funding
'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...
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