On Sunday night Prince Harry attended a private fundraiser at The Ivy Chelsea Garden. There he made a speech, his first after the Queen announced that he and his wife Meghan would be stepping down from their role as senior royals. During the speech he made the sweetest reference to his firstborn, talking about the first time the eight-month-old son saw snow.
He also talked about the immense support he has gotten over the years, saying: “It has also been a privilege to meet so many of you and to feel your excitement for our son Archie, who saw snow for the first time the other day and thought it was bloody brilliant!”
This comes only one day after the Queen officially outlined the plans for Harry and Meghan’s future. The Prince also touched on recent events, explaining: “Before I begin, I must say that I can only imagine what you may have heard or perhaps read over the last few weeks… So, I want you to hear the truth from me, as much as I can share – not as a Prince, or a Duke, but like Harry, the same person that many of you have watched grow up over the last 35 years – but with a clearer perspective.”
There aren’t many details on what Meghan and Harry are planning in the future, but what we do know is that the couple will try to split their time between the UK and North America as they adapt to their new life. The couple will be moving very soon, but despite that Harry has emphasized that the UK will always be his home and that he and Meghan hope to continue to serve the Queen and the country. “The UK is my home and a place that I love. That will never change. I have grown up feeling support from so many of you, and I watched as you welcomed Meghan with open arms as you saw me find the love and happiness that I had hoped for all my life.
“Finally, the second son of Diana got hitched, hurray! I also know you’ve come to know me well enough over all these years to trust that the woman I chose as my wife upholds the same values as I do. And she does, and she’s the same woman I fell in love with. We both do everything we can to fly the flag and carry out our roles for this country with pride. Once Meghan and I were married, we were excited, we were hopeful, and we were here to serve.”
Harry had the time to thank Sentebale in his speech as well, for giving him an outlet to focus on after the death of his mother Princess Diana. The charity was set up back in 2006 by him and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho as a way of supporting HIV-positive children and youth in Lesotho and Botswana. Harry ended his speech by thanking his grandmother, stating: “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 me over the last few months.
“I will continue to be the same man who holds his country dear and dedicates his life to supporting the causes, charities and military communities that are so important to me. Together, you have given me an education about living. And this role has taught me more about what is right and just than I could have ever imagined. We are taking a leap of faith – thank you for giving me the courage to take this next step.”