Prince Harry Hangs Out With Lewis Capaldi After Speech About Leaving Royal Duties
The pair were seen laughing with each other and posing for photographs at the event which was held to raise proceeds for Sentebale - a charity that supports the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people affected by HIV.
Before the performance, Harry took to the stage to make a speech during the event at The Ivy in Chelsea, where he spoke about having 'no other option' but to stand down from royal duties.
Referring to Capaldi, he explained how the Scottish singer had 'generously' flown from Malaysia (via Dubai) for a night in London before making his way to The Grammy Awards in Los Angeles where he is nominated for Best Song.
Directing his gratitude, he said: "Lewis, thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to be with us this evening. We are all incredible grateful."
Earlier in his speech, Harry said: "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 now with a clearer perspective.
"The UK is my home and a place that I love. That will never change. I've grown up feeling supported 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'd hoped for all my life."
He went on to address the decision that has been made, adding: "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.
"For those reasons it brings me great sadness that it has come to this. 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."
View this post on Instagram"After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as 'senior' members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. 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. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support." - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image :copyright: PA
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"I know I haven't always got it right but as far as this goes, there really was no other option. What I want to make clear is we are 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 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."
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