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Harry says he’s ‘taking a leap of faith’ in stepping back from royal life

The Duke of Sussex gave an emotional speech.

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Harry attended the UK-Africa Investment Summit (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Harry attended the UK-Africa Investment Summit (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Harry attended the UK-Africa Investment Summit (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

The Duke of Sussex has said he is “taking a leap of faith” in stepping back from his life as a member of the royal family, but “there really was no other option”.

Harry gave an emotional speech on Sunday night, where he told the “truth” about leaving royal duties behind in a bid for a “more peaceful life” for his family.

The duke has attended his first public event since a bombshell announcement was released on Saturday that said from the spring, the duke and duchess will stop using HRH, spend the majority of their time living in Canada, and pay back the taxpayers’ millions spent renovating their Frogmore home.

Harry was spotted arriving at the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London, where he is due to hold a number of private meetings, and was photographed shaking hands with the prime minister of Morocco Saad-Eddine El Othmani.

In a speech at a private event for his charity Sentebale on Sunday night, Harry told invited guests: “What I want to make clear is we’re not walking away, and we certainly aren’t walking away from you.

“Our hope was to continue serving the Queen, the Commonwealth, and my military associations, but without public funding. Unfortunately, that wasn’t possible.

“I’ve accepted this, knowing that it doesn’t change who I am or how committed I am.

But I hope that helps you understand what it had to come to, that I would step my family back from all I have ever known, to take a step forward into what I hope can be a more peaceful lifeDuke of Sussex

“But I hope that helps you understand what it had to come to, that I would step my family back from all I have ever known, to take a step forward into what I hope can be a more peaceful life.”

Earning money while being a member of the royal family appears to have been the crux of the discussions Harry held with the Queen, Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge about the future role of he and his wife.

It is problematic for royals to sign up to lucrative contracts or take on commercial ventures while representing the Queen.

PA