Prince Harry attended a private dinner tonight, when he made the comments. He was joined by his son’s godfather Mark Dyer at The Ivy Chelsea Garden.
Prince Harry was at a formal private dinner at the Ivy in Chelsea for vulnerable children’s charity Sentebale,when he spoke of his ‘great sadness that it has come to this’ and repeated his respect for the Queen.
According to Daily Mail in an emotional speech, the Prince said that the UK is a place that he loves and that will ‘never change’ but said he had ‘no other option’ than to quit his royal duties.
He said: ‘Good evening everyone and thank you very much for being here for Sentebale charity that myself and Prince Seeiso created all the way back in 2006 to honour our mothers legacy in supporting those affected by HIV and AIDS.
‘Before I begin I must say that I can only imagine what you may have heard or 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 same person that many of you have heard grow up for the last 35 years but now with a clear perspective.
‘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. 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.’
Harry also added that he originally hoped to continue serving the Queen but without the public funding, however it wasn’t possible. He also made it clear it doesn’t change how ‘committed’ he is, but hopes people can understand.