Prince Harry’s Last Royal Event Was ‘Emotional’ For Him, Says Royal Source

The month of March is quickly coming to an end, which means that Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s exit from the royal family will be official. It is difficult to see them go, as we have loved watching the couple make appearances and attend engagements for quite a few years now, and they have become two of our favorite royals.

However, given the negativity that Meghan and Harry have had to deal with in the British tabloids ever since they began dating, they feel that the time has come for them to step down. We can only imagine that while it is a big change for Meghan, and it may be having even more of an impact on Prince Harry, as royal life is all he has ever known.

Since the day he was born, Prince Harry was been in the spotlight, connecting with members of the public and making a positive difference wherever he could. This is why a royal source says that Prince Harry’s last royal event was really “emotional” for him.

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Earlier this week The Duchess of Sussex, in her role as Patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), met with the bright minds from across the Commonwealth to hear about their commitment to tackling the global challenges we all face. The Duchess spoke with Scholars studying and researching important areas surrounding; cleaning up plastic pollution in our oceans, helping to build more sustainable cities, improving health outcomes for citizens, and supporting decent work and economic growth. Paving the way as the next generation of leaders, these inspirational scholars, are spread far across the Commonwealth from Malawi to Malaysia, Ghana to Sri Lanka – all of whom will use the skills and knowledge they gain while studying in the UK to make a difference when they return to their home countries. The Duchess, who also attended university with support of a scholarship, is a strong advocate of accessible education for all. As the Royal Patron of The Association of Commonwealth Universities (@The_ACU_Official) since January 2019, The Duchess has met and engaged with students, academics, and staff from ACU member universities across the Commonwealth to learn more about the vital work they do to address global challenges. As President and Vice President of The @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, The Duke and Duchess thank all those who are working to give access to education for all.

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It is certainly not every day that we get the news of senior royals resigning from their positions, which is why the world went into a state of shock when Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex announced their plans to do just that. According to The Sun, the news came on January 8, and the world has been asking questions ever since.

Fans know that Meghan and Prince Harry plan to be “financially independent,” and have been spending the majority of their time in Canada over the past few months. They plan to still take part in their charity and humanitarian word, all while living a quieter, more private life, and focusing on themselves and their young son, Archie Harrison.

What was Prince Harry’s final royal event?

Just recently, Prince Harry and Meghan returned to the United Kingdom to carry out their final duties as senior royals. On March 7, they attended the Mountbatten Music Festival at Royal Albert Hall, which is a charity event that benefits the Royal Marines.

Prince Harry himself served in the British Military for 10 years, so the night had a special significance for him. He donned his military uniform while Meghan looked absolutely stunning in a red gown, with her dark hair loose and flowing.

Now that Megxit is almost final, Prince Harry will be giving up his Royal Marines title of Captain General of Royal Marines, as he and Meghan prepare for their exit from the British Monarchy. The event is one that Harry has attended in the past, so it is only natural that he make a final appearance before officially stepping down from royal duties.

Fans were ecstatic to see the couple at Royal Albert Hall, and they walked to their seats as the crowd applauded warmly.

Prince Harry’s last royal event was ’emotional’ for him

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While Meghan and Prince Harry are no doubt excited to start the newest chapter of their lives, it was still difficult for them to carry out their final royal duties. So, why does a source say that the last event was so “emotional” for Harry?

According to People, he is giving up his honorary military positions as part of Megxit, and it isn’t easy. “That was very emotional for him,” a source tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story.

After all, Prince Harry served in the military for a decade.

“That’s 10 years of his life that he gave to serve his country, and he basically has to give it away now because he’s choosing to protect his family,” the source adds.

Luckily, Meghan was by his side to offer all of the support she needed, which is exactly what fans would expect. The military was such an important part of Harry’s life for so long, and while he will still continue to show his support to service members, it is evident that letting it go is something that was very emotional.