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5 Things Prince Harry Wants Us To Know As He Tells His Side Of The Story In Solemn Video

Date January 20, 2020

Prince Harry is telling his own side of the story and the world is listening. Has he been misunderstood? Let's see what he had to say.

A statement by the Queen

Weeks after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced to the world that they were taking a step back from royal life, Queen Elizabeth released an official statement granting them the permission to do so.

In a screenshot of the statement shared by the Sussexes, Her Majesty expressed her pleasure that they were able to find a way forward regarding the Sussexes' decision.

What seemed curious, however, was that the Queen referred to Harry and Meghan by their given name rather than their titles as 'the Duke and Duchess of Sussex' which raised concerns that the couple had given up their titles or the Queen took it from them. Nevertheless, since there hasn't been any statement confirming either scenario, it's difficult to know for sure.

Prince Harry's revealing video

The royal dad recently shared a video via his social media of a speech he made to the supporters of his Sentebale charity in London. The Duke opened up about his and his wife's decision to withdraw from being senior royals.

He delved into several topics in his video but here are the main things he wanted his supporters to know.

1. This was a joint decision between himself and his wife

Meghan Markle received a lot of heat following the couple's announcement to be based in Canada part-time. People accused her of taking Harry away from his family. The Duke has now cleared this up by basically letting the world knows that both he and his wife have the same visions and values.

The woman I chose as my wife upholds the same values as I do.

2. This was a tough decision

Harry went on to assure his fans that the decision he and Meghan made as a couple wasn't one they came by easily. He expressed his own pain and revealed they simply had no other choice.

It brings me great sadness that it has come to this. The decision I made for my wife and I step back is not one I made lightly. It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges. I know I haven't always gotten it right but as far as this goes, there was no other option.

3, They had a previous plan

Evidently, quitting the royal life was basically the nuclear option for Harry and Meghan. The Duke explained that they did consider a different plan.

Our hope was to continue serving the queen, the commonwealth and my military associations but without public funding but unfortunately, that wasn't possible.

4. It's all about the media

It isn't a secret that Harry hasn't always been a big fan of the media and paparazzi. So it wasn't a surprise that he mentioned their role in this speech.

When I lost my mom 23 years ago, you took me under your wing. You looked out for me for so long but the media is a powerful force.

5. Archie is having a swell time

Meanwhile, the proud dad couldn't resist giving the world a glimpse into his son's life by revealing how much young Archie is loving Canada so far.

Archie saw snow for the first time the other day and thought it was bloody brilliant.

What's next for the Sussexes?

The next steps for Harry and Meghan haven't been made exactly clear. But according to their website, they do plan to keep fans updated "in due course."

One of the many questions fans continue to have is how possible it will be for the royal couple to fund their lifestyle on their own, without relying on public funding. An analysis by Forbes shows that Harry and Meghan will have to earn about $3 Million annually to be able to continue living the lifestyle they have been used to.

On how they may earn this amount without royal help, they do have some options. Meghan could reconsider returning to acting, for instance. And the couple may even write books, get paid for speaking engagements and so on. Considering who they are and what they have achieved so far, it's safe to say that choosing not to be working royals will not plunge them into poverty.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been through a lot in such little time. The world saw them get married, have a baby, battle a massive media storm, and now, they are quitting the royal life. Whether or not you agree with their decision, making this move couldn't have been easy for them. But it's clear that it's the only way they can get what they crave, which is privacy. And all fans can do is wish them the best as they venture out on their own.

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