Prince Harry says he had no option but to snap royal ties

London, Jan 20 (IANS): UK's Prince Harry has said that he had "no other option" but to "step back" from his life as a member of the British royal family.

Speaking at a charity event here, Harry said, "The decision that I have made for my wife (Meghan Markle) 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 got it right, but as far as this goes there really was no other option."

However, the Duke of Sussex made clear that he and Meghan were "not walking away".

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

It is the first time Harry has spoken publicly since it was announced the couple would give up their His and Her Royal Highness (HRH) titles and will also no longer formally represent the Queen.

During his speech, he said, "I can only imagine what you may have heard and perhaps read over the past few weeks.

"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 Duke of Sussex said he would always have "the utmost respect for my grandmother, my commander in chief".

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

"I've accepted this, knowing that it doesn't change who I am or how committed I am."

As part of a deal finalised on Saturday between the Queen, senior royals, and the couple, from the spring this year, they will stop using their HRH titles and withdraw from royal duties, including official military appointments.

However, the statement by Buckingham Palace said they would continue to maintain their private patronages and associations.



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  • Linda S Cicerchi, USA

    Tue, Jan 21 2020

    The writing has been on the wall for awhile. Harry admitted he would rather be in the military than royalty. He admitted how the press hounding mother traumatized him including blaming them for her death. Then he meets Meagan an article appears Straight out of Compton" . Any American can really see the racism. Harry has sued and criticized the press for their comments and underlying racist tones. It didnt stop so and he said FU. He told them that the press was not going to get away with treating his wife like they did his mother. I work with combat vets, not suprised at all.

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Tue, Jan 21 2020

    Such people who do not have patience will never reach anywhere. Yes at the moment Prince Charles may die as prince only and this guy Harry may not become a King. But they are fed by British and have patience.... What you say...?????

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  • Vickie, USA

    Mon, Jan 20 2020

    Sounds like a gracious exit from Royal life while still supporting his grandmother. The Royal life does not sound attractive. And Harry will never be King so might as well carve out his own life

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  • Arthur, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 20 2020

    Prince Harry is a weak man unable to stand up to his domineering wife.

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  • Deshbhakht, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 20 2020

    A marriage is of two types - (1) the woman joins the man's family and lives according to their lifestyle (2) the man joins the family of the woman and lives as Ghar-Jamai where he is always considered as a guest, the woman remains dominant. We can notice this with the example of the Queen herself.

    The Royal family of UK is aristocratic. A DIL can't make the members of this family to live according to her terms. When a conflict arises, it's the man who married that woman, succumbs. This is exactly what happened to Harry.

    Wishing happiness to you both, wherever you go.

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  • Wilfred J. Lewis, Matpady-Brahmavar/ New York, USA

    Mon, Jan 20 2020

    Nothing new, often the man goes down after his marriage. Unfavorable alliance?.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Jan 20 2020

    I'm glad Prince Harry is Honest & not a Hypocrite like the Royal Family ...

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  • Krishna, Udupi

    Mon, Jan 20 2020

    its insult

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