Alex: Good morning. Henry and I have been together since the beginning of this year. As many of you have already read, we've struggled every day with what this means for our families, our countries and our futures. And while neither of us is naive about what it means to be public figures, we never imagined our most private and intimate thoughts, fears and truths would become fodder for public examination. What was taken from us this week was our right to determine for ourselves how and when we should share our relationship and queer identities with the world. The truth is, every queer person has the right to come out on their own terms and on their own timeline. They also have the right to choose not to come out at all. The forced conformity of the closet cannot be answered with forced conformity in coming out of it. This isn't about shame. This is about privacy and the fundamental right of self-determination, which are exactly the principles on which the struggle for queer liberation has always been fought. But there is another truth that's much simpler: I fell in love with a person who happens to be a man, and that man happens to be a prince. He has captured my heart and made my life immeasurably better. I love His Royal Highness, Prince Henry George Edward James Hanover-Stuart Fox. I hope one day we'll have the opportunity to be public about our relationship on our own terms. Thank you.
This quote comes from the movie ‘Red, White & Royal Blue’. The movie is based on a novel of the same name written by Casey McQuiston. | Red, White & Royal Blue is produced by Amazon Studios
Movie vs. book
The speech in the book goes slighly differently, like situation-wise. The text of the speech is very similar, yet in the book it’s longer (we recommend you to read it, if you haven’t yet). We did post a quote, kind of a snippet from the book speech that isn’t in the movie version.
But the main difference is Henry is present and standing along side Alex when he makes this speech and chronologically the speech happens after they have a talk with the royal family.