By: Nadeemy Haded
On Monday, the grandson of Britain's Prince Harry expressed his grief over having to give up his royal duties, and blamed the journalists, who "desecrated his life from birth", as he described it, for making this decision.
Harry, in his speech to the charity Foundation Sentipel, referred to his late mother, Princess Diana, who died in a car accident while trying to escape from Paparazzi, saying that he had no other choice but to step as he and his wife, Megan Markle, sought to find a quiet life.
The Duke of Sussex said: "When I lost my mother 23 years ago, they embraced me, but the media has great power, and I hope that the day will come when our collective support will be more powerful, because this is much greater than us," according to what the Associated Press reported.
In his first public statements on the move, the prince added that he had taken a "leap in faith", adding that he had not taken the decision lightly, but "there was no other option."
Harry, the sixth in the ranking of the British throne, continued, "I am speaking not as a prince, or a duke, but as Harry, I have found love and happiness with Megan and they have not always wished for my entire life."
He continued, "Our hope was to continue serving the Queen, the Commonwealth and my military societies without public funds. Unfortunately this was not possible."
"I accepted this and I know that it will not change the reality of who I am nor the extent of my commitment," he added.
According to the new arrangement, Harry will remain a Prince and the couple Harry and Meghan Markle will retain the title of Duke and Duchess of Sussex as they embark on a new life in which they will travel between Britain and North America where they will spend most of their time, but they will not participate in any royal ceremonies or tours in the future.
Harry's remarks are his first since Saturday night, when Queen Elizabeth II announced the conditions under which the prince and his wife would relinquish most royal duties, and waived accepting public funding and independence financially.