Prince Harry insisted Meghan Markle is the same woman he fell in love with during an emotional speech addressing the ongoing crisis over 'Megxit'.

The Duke of Sussex vehemently defended his wife, saying she shares the same values as him, in his address at The Ivy Chelsea Club, in London.

He spoke about his and Meghan's plans to step back from the royal family in a moving speech for his HIV charity Sentebale earlier this evening.

Addressing the audience, he said: "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.

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"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 said the UK will always be his home and the place he loves in the speech.

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He added that he had 'no other option' but to quit the country for North America.

"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 said.

"The UK is my home and a place that I love. That will never change."

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Harry went on to explain how his and Meghan's decision to leave his senior role in The Firm had caused them 'great sadness'.

"We both do everything we can to fly the flag and carry out our roles for this country with pride," he said.

"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.

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"And I know I haven’t always gotten it right, but as far as this goes, there really was no other option.

"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."

Harry said he hoped their move away from the current senior royal roles would help him have a more 'peaceful' life.

He went on: "When I lost my mum 23 years ago, you took me under your wing.

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"You’ve looked out for me for so long, but the media is a powerful force, and my hope is one day our collective support for each other can be more powerful because this is so much bigger than just us."

The Prince also revealed how Archie had recently seen snow for the first time and thought it was 'bloody brilliant'.

He also took the opportunity to praise his grandmother, The Queen.

"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," the Prince gushed.

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"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."

The Duke took the time to praise his 'bud' Gareth Thomas, the Welsh Rugby Union legend who recently came out as HIV positive in an interview with The Mirror.

"Here, I can’t not mention my dear friend Gareth Thomas – who in my mind – has quite literally changed the way people think about HIV - so thank you bud," Harry said when speaking about the work Sentebale do for young people with the virus in Lesotho and Botswana.

At the end of the speech Harry made way for Scottish singer-songwriting sensation Lewis Capaldi.