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Prince Harry has a lot to get off his chest, setting the record straight about all of the rumors surrounding his and Meghan Markle’s exit from the royal family. In an emotional speech given at the dinner for supporters of Sentebale in London, Prince Harry opened up how he and his wife felt their decision was the only option for them to move forward to achieve a peaceful life.

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Prince Harry shares the heartbreaking reason for Megxit

During the dinner event, Prince Harry gave a speech that touched upon the reasons why he and Markle felt they had no other option but to leave their royal duties behind.

Prince Harry started his speech by noting, “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 watched grow up over the past 35 years, but now with a clearer perspective.”

Prince Harry acknowledged that “the U.K. is my home and a place that I love,” something “that will never change.” He further shared that he’s “grown up feeling supported by so many of you, and I watched as you welcomed Meghan with open arms, as you saw the love and happiness that I had hoped for all my life.”

Prince Harry discussed the challenges they’ve faced

Prince Harry went on to share “the woman I chose as my wife upholds the same values as I do… And she’s the same woman I fell in love with. We both do everything we can to fly the flag and carry out our roles for this country with pride.”

He continued: “Once Meghan and I were married, we were excited, we were hopeful and we were here to serve… 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.”

The Sussexes can no longer support the queen

Prince Harry shared that he and Markle are “not walking away from you,” explaining that they had hoped to “continue serving the queen, the commonwealth and my military associations but without public funding.” That desire could not be fulfilled, Prince Harry noted, sharing, “I’ve accepted this knowing it doesn’t change who I am or how committed I am, but I hope it helps you understand what it had 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.”

Prince Harry shared how “it is a great honor to serve my country and the queen,” and went on to express his gratitude for those who “took me under your wing” after his mother died.

He shared: “You looked after me for so long, but the media is a powerful force. And my hope is one day our collective support for each other can be more powerful, because this is so much bigger than just us.”

The Sussexes have a “life of service” ahead of them

Prince Harry further called it a “privilege to serve you” and explained, “we will continue to lead a life of service.” Prince Harry also shared his respect for the queen, noting: “I will always have the utmost respect for my grandmother, my commander in chief, and I’m incredibly grateful to her and the rest of my family for the support they have shown Meghan and I over the last few months.”

In closing, he shared: “We are taking a leap of faith, so thank you for giving me the courage to take this next step. “