Prince Harry has expressed sadness about having to leave his royal duties. He said having agreed with Queen Elizabeth that he and his wife Meghan Markle step down as senior royals and seek an independent future.
Recall that the queen had called for a crisis family meeting at the Sandringham Estate, Buckingham Palace in a statement from the queen said although Prince Harry and Meghan Markle get to keep their titles as Duke and Duchess of Sussex, they will no longer be referred to as their “Royal Highness” and will no longer receive public funding as they are no longer working members of the royal family.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had announced last week that they want to step back from their royal duties and spend more time in North America, while remaining active members of the royal family.
Meanwhile Prince Harry in a speech at the Sentebale charity said the final outcome was not what he wanted. He said “Our hope was to continue serving the queen, the Commonwealth and my military associations without public funding. Sadly that wasn’t possible,” the prince, the sixth-in-line to the throne, said.
“I’ve accepted this knowing it doesn’t change who I am, or how committed I am. But I hope that helps you understand what it had come to, that I would step back from all I have ever known to take a step forward into what I hope can be a more peaceful life.”
Although Prince Harry continues to be a Prince and keeps his title as Duke, while Meghan Markle keeps hers’ as Duchess of Sussex as they begin their new life shuttling between North America and Britain, they will not take part in any future ceremonial events or royal tours.
A palace spokeswoman said the couple would no longer receive public money and that they would repay the cost of refurbishing their cottage in Windsor, which official figures show amounted to £2.4 million (S$4.2 million).
Meghan Markle is currently in Canada with their baby son Prince Archie and Prince Harry is to join them soon.