Prince Harry has said he is “taking a leap of faith” by stepping back as a member of the Royal Family but that “there really was no other option”.
It is after the ground breaking announcement that he and his wife Meghan Markle wished to step back as senior royals, become financially independent and balance their time between the UK and North America.
Over the weekend the Palace said that from spring this year the couple will stop using their HRH titles, spend the majority of their time in Canada and pay back the millions of taxpayer funds used to renovate their Windsor home.
WATCH: Prince Harry says he is giving his family a 'more peaceful life'
Speaking at a private event for his charity Sentebale on Sunday night, the Duke of Sussex said: “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.”
In the speech, shared on the couple’s official Instagram account @sussexroyal, Harry also told the invited guests: “You looked out for me for so long, bit the media is a powerful force” – hinting at the press scrutiny seen as a principle factor that led to his decision.
But royal biographer Angela Levin argued that the duke and duchess should “accept the good with the bad”.
She told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley Brewer: “You can’t expect everything you want if you’re not prepared to compromise.”
Harry is today attending the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London, where he is due to hold a number of private meetings.
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