Britain ’ s Prince Harry expressed “ great sadness” on Sunday at the way he and his wife Meghan had to give up their royal titles as part of 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 me 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 .
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