After days of press speculation over the British monarch’s reaction to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s stunning announcement that they were planning to step down as senior members of the royal family, the Queen has now — officially — spoken.
In a statement released Monday by Buckingham Palace following an afternoon of talks between the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry (with Markle reportedly dialing in), the Queen said her family had had “very constructive discussions” regarding the future of her grandson and his family.
“My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family,” she said. “Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.”
She acknowledged that the royal couple didn’t want to “be reliant on public funds in their new lives,” and claimed an agreement had been reached for a “period of transition,” where they would split their time between Canada, where Markle once lived, and the U.K.
“These are complex matters for my family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days,” she concluded.
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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