Prince Harry ex­presses ‘great sad­ness’

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Lon­don, UK - Bri­tain’s Prince Harry ex­pressed ‘great sad­ness’ on Sun­day at he and his wife Meghan be­ing stripped of their royal ti­tles as part of a his­toric sep­a­ra­tion set­tle­ment with the Queen.

But he said he saw no other way out but to give up his royal role in search of ‘a more peace­ful life’ with his Amer­i­can former ac­tress wife and baby son Archie.

“It brings me great sad­ness that it has come to this,” Harry told sup­port­ers of his Africabase­d char­ity in Lon­don.

His emo­tional first re­marks since the sep­a­ra­tion were aimed at calm­ing a cri­sis that has shaken the very foun­da­tions of Bri­tain’s an­cient monar­chy.

Harry also con­fessed to some trep­i­da­tion at tak­ing the mo­men­tous step of re­sign­ing from daily du­ties and chart­ing a new life abroad.

He said he had al­ways been ready to lose the pub­lic money that sup­ported his lav­ish life­style but ad­mit­ted it pained him to have to give up the mil­i­tary ti­tles and pa­tron­ages he was awarded af­ter serv­ing two tours in Afghanista­n with the Bri­tish Army.

He read from pre­pared re­marks and ap­peared tense as he sought un­der­stand­ing from a na­tion that has had a soft spot for him since his child­hood - and which now now ap­peared con­fused by his de­ci­sion to leave his royal life be­hind. “We are tak­ing a leap of faith - thank you for giv­ing me the courage to take this next step,” he said.

The ‘Megxit’ cri­sis be­gan on Jan­uary 8 when the cou­ple’s plans to seek a ‘pro­gres­sive new role’ in North Amer­ica were an­nounced with­out Queen El­iz­a­beth II’s royal as­sent.

“I know I haven’t al­ways got­ten it right, but as far as this goes, there re­ally was no other op­tion,” Harry said.

The cou­ple lost their right to be called ‘his and her royal high­ness’ (HRH) - much as Harry’s late mother Princess Diana did when she di­vorced Prince Charles in an­other fam­ily drama that up­set the Queen in 1996.

They fur­ther agreed to re­pay £2.4mn of tax­payer’s money spent on ren­o­vat­ing their Frog­more Cot­tage home near Wind­sor Cas­tle.

“No royal has ever paid back money,” former royal press sec­re­tary Dickie Ar­biter wrote in The Sun on Sun­day. “It is ab­so­lutely un­prece­dented.”

But Ar­biter said it was the loss of the HRH ‘royal high­ness’ ab­bre­vi­a­tion that re­ally made Palace his­tory.

“Even when Ed­ward VIII ab­di­cated (in 1936) he dropped from be­ing His Majesty The King to HRH the Duke of Wind­sor,” he said. Harry has also talked about still be­ing haunted by his mother’s death in a 1997 car crash in­volv­ing a chas­ing pack of pa­parazzi.

The Daily Tele­graph re­ported on Mon­day that Prince Charles would prob­a­bly con­tinue pay­ing his son some money from his pri­vate in­come for the next year.

(AFP)

Bri­tain’s Prince Harry in Lon­don on Mon­day

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