Jan 20, 2020

Prince Harry addresses his and Meghan Markle's royal decision

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Oct. 2. Photo: Samir Hussein/WireImage

Prince Harry told a London charity event Sunday he and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, had "no other option" but to step back from working as senior members of Britain's royal family.

Why it matters: In his first speech since the couple agreed to relinquish their "royal highness" titles in order to split their time between the U.K. and North America, Harry expressed "great sadness" about the move. He alluded to British press harassment in his speech, saying "the media is a powerful force." They hoped to continue to with duties "without public funding," he said. "Unfortunately, that wasn't possible."

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle make first appearance since royal departure

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex depart Canada House on Jan. 07, 2020 in London, England. Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made their first public appearance since stepping back from their royal duties at a JPMorgan event in Miami on Thursday, reports the New York Post.

Why it matters: As part of their agreement with Buckingham Palace, Harry and Meghan agreed to forego their royal titles and stop receiving public funds — in line with the couple's announcement that they plan to become "financially independent." The BBC notes that Harry spoke at the event, but it was not confirmed whether he was paid to appear.

Edgewell and Harry's case against the FTC merger block

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Razor-maker Harry's last May agreed to be acquired for $1.37 billion by Schick parent Edgewell and, for the next six months, there were few concerns at either company.

But, but, but: Shortly before Christmas, everything changed. "[Regulators] started asking different sorts of questions, and you could see where they were heading," says a source familiar with the situation.

Prosecutor: Prince Andrew has given zero cooperation on Epstein probe

Prince Andrew. Photo: Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Britain's Prince Andrew has so far provided federal prosecutors and the FBI "zero cooperation" in interviews regarding Jeffrey Epstein, prosecutor Geoffrey Berman said at a news conference Monday.

Why it matters: After stepping away from his royal duties in November, the prince said he was willing to help law enforcement investigations into Epstein and possible co-conspirators.

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