Britain's Prince Harry expresses 'great sadness' at royal split
LONDON, United Kingdom – (UPDATED) Britain's Prince Harry expressed "great sadness" on Sunday, January 19 at the way he and his wife Meghan had to give up their royal titles as part of a separation settlement with the Queen.
"It brings me great sadness that it has come to this," Harry said in his first remarks on Saturday's historic agreement, made during a public address and posted on the couple's Instagram account.
"Our hope was to continue serving the Queen, the commonwealth, and my military associations, but without public funding. Unfortunately, that wasn't possible," he told supporters of his Africa-based charity for youngsters with HIV at an event in London.
The settlement stripped Harry and Meghan of public funding and required them to repay £2.4 million ($3.1 million) of taxpayer's money spent on renovating their Frogmore Cottage home near Windsor Castle.
Harry was also forced to give up the military titles and patronages he was awarded after serving two tours in Afghanistan with the British Army.
But Harry said he felt "utmost respect" for Queen Elizabeth II.
"It has been our privilege to serve you, and we will continue to lead a life of service."
"I will always have the utmost respect for my grandmother, my commander in chief, and I am incredibly grateful to her and the rest of my family, for the support they have shown Meghan and I over the last few months."
He also hinted at some trepidation at starting a new life away from his royal home. He and Meghan will spend some time in Canada before deciding whether to move to the United States or another country.
"We are taking a leap of faith – thank you for giving me the courage to take this next step," he said.
'The Queen isn't sure'
The expensive lawsuits and the possibility that they might have to start paying for their top-notch security detail raise the immediate question of how they will make ends meet.
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.
Harry has undisclosed millions of pounds in savings and Meghan has enjoyed a lucrative acting career. She is now also thinking of starting her own line of health and "wellness" products.
The Sunday Times asked a royal aide if Harry and Meghan will be able to cash in on the "Sussex Royal" brand they trademarked in December.
"That is still one of the areas being worked through," the royal aide told the paper.
"That translates as: 'The Queen isn't at all sure'," The Sunday Times wrote. – Rappler.com