The Prince explained that he and his wife, Meghan Markle, had hoped to continue serving the Queen, but without receiving government funding. This proved impossible, forcing the couple to give up their titles. The Prince’s statement was broadcast on the official account of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
According to the Prince, when they married Meghan Markle, they hoped to “continue to serve the Queen,” but without receiving government funding. “Unfortunately, this was not possible <...>. Therefore, I feel great sadness that it has come to this,” said Prince Harry.
He noted that the decision was not easy for him: “After so many years of testing, there were so many months of negotiations, and I know that I did not always do everything correctly, but in this situation, there was no other way.” The Prince also said that he “loves the UK” and that this “will never change.”
In early January, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced plans to gain financial independence relinquish Royal authority and open a charity, dividing their time between the UK and North America. From the spring of this year, they will no longer be called His and Her Royal Highness. In addition, the couple intends to return the £2.4 million (about $ 3.1 million) spent on the renovation of their residence.
On the background of the statement, it became known that Meghan Markle signed a contract with Disney and will voice cartoon characters. According to the Times, Markle made her first recording before Christmas, for which the couple was criticized by members of the Royal family.