Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are in the midst of a complete media firestorm. Since their shock announcement, in which they declared they were stepping down as senior members of the royal family, the couple has been hitting the headlines non-stop.
Now, Prince Harry has broken his silence about the controversial decision. Keep scrolling to find out what he said and to see the full clip...
Meghan and Harry have become one of the most famous couples in the world.
via: ShutterstockHeadlines were made all over the world when the British Royal Family's Prince Harry announced his romance with the Suits actress, Meghan Markle.
It all started with a blind date...
via: Getty ImagesThe couple met back in 2016 when they were set up by a mutual friend who thought the two would hit it off.
And their friend's hunch was apparently right...
via: ShutterstockBecause the pair hit it off, and they immediately arranged to see each other again, eventually going on to have 2 more dates in London.
And, in 2017, after a couple of months of privacy...
via: ShutterstockThe pair officially went public with their relationship.
Meghan was instantly catapulted into the royal spotlight.
via: ShutterstockThough she was already pretty well known for her role as Rachel Zane in Suits, the California-born actress was thrown into levels of fame that she had never experienced before.
The world quickly became Meghan and Harry obsessed.
via: ShutterstockAnd people were delighted to hear the news of their engagement later that year.
And, not ones to waste any time...
via: Getty ImagesThe couple officially tied the knot in May 2018.
The ceremony was simply stunning.
via: ShutterstockThe royals aren't ones to hold back, are they? Harry and Meghan wed in a lavish ceremony at Windsor Castle, which became one of the most-watched televised events of all time.
Meghan radiated with happiness on her big day...She looked simply beautiful.
And, not long after the wedding, the newly appointed Duke and Duchess of Sussex had some more exciting news...
via: ShutterstockThey were expecting! On October 15th, 2018, the couple announced their pregnancy.
And, on May 6th, 2019...
via: Getty ImagesArchie Mountbatten-Windsor was welcomed into the world.
They make for the cutest little family.But things haven't been as rosy and smooth-sailing as they have been appearing.
Meghan hasn't had the easiest time...
via: ShutterstockJoining the British royal family was never going to be an easy transition, given that a person has to give up their entire life in order to be a part of the monarchy. But Meghan's experience has been especially difficult.
Many dedicated royalists weren't happy to see an American woman of colour in the monarchy...
via: ShutterstockAnd many attacked the Duchess, slamming her as "fake," with some going as far as accusing her of breaking up the royal family entirely.
She has also been relentlessly attacked by the press...
Kensington Palace has issued a statement this morning about the harassment currently being experienced by Meghan Ma… https://t.co/6KgnuDlXOk— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge)1478599888.0
But, this year, the couple have seemingly had enough of the harassment and the criticism...Because they have announced that they will be officially stepping down as senior members of the royal family.
They made the announcement on their joint Instagram page, Sussex Royal.
The couple plan on providing a more "normal" upbringing for Archie...
via: InstagramAnd have announced that they will be splitting their time between the U.K and North America. “This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity," they wrote.
This is huge news.And has bound to have ruffled a couple of feathers in Buckingham Palace.
But what exactly have the other royals had to say about their controversial decision?The Queen released a statement, which read: “My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family. Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family."
But behind closed doors...
via: Getty ImagesMatters have reportedly been far from smooth sailing.
In fact, reports surfaced that senior royals were left “hurt" by the shock announcement that was made "without warning."
via: Getty ImagesAnd of course, the news has sparked a whole new wave of criticism to head Meghan's way.
A family friend has made some shocking claims this week...PEOPLE that the Sussexes felt they had "no choice" but to handle things the way they have.
The source went on to say that there's so much "bad blood" in the family...
But what many people have failed to take into consideration...
via: Getty ImagesIs how hard this whole experience must have been for Meghan - a new mother.
On Sunday evening, Prince Harry finally broke his silence on the matter.
via: Getty ImagesWhile attending a charity event, Harry delivered a heartfelt speech about their split from the royal family. Keep scrolling for the full clip.
Harry began by addressing the media firestorm that's ensued since he and Meghan announced their split from the royal family."Before I begin, I must say that I can only imagine what you may have heard or perhaps read over the last few weeks," Harry said. "So, I want you to hear the truth from me, as much as I can share – not as a Prince, or a Duke, but as Harry, the same person that many of you have watched grow up over the last 35 years – but with a clearer perspective."
He went on to praise those who have been supportive of Meghan."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."
"I know I haven't always gotten it right."Harry went on to stress that this decision wasn't made lightly, but there was no other option. "The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back, is not one I made lightly. It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges," Harry said. "And I know I haven't always gotten it right, but as far as this goes, there really was no other option."
"We are not walking away from you.""Our hope was to continue serving the Queen, the commonwealth, and my military associations, but without public funding," he said. "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 life." It was confirmed that Meghan and Harry would no longer be using their HRH titles, and are also intending on reimbursing U.K. taxpayers for renovations made to Frogmore Cottage last year.
He also took the time to honor his late mother.
He ended his emotional speech by praising his family, despite the recent rumors that rifts were forming.
via: Getty Images"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. 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."