Following the much-anticipated Sandringham Summit on Monday, which saw the senior royals discuss Prince Harry and Meghan royal future, the Queen released a statement to inform the public of their decision.
Her Majesty’s statement was wonderfully supportive of the couple and announced to the press that she’s on their side. What’s more interesting, unlike her usual statements, this one was far more personal.
The Queen called Harry “my grandson”; and did not address Meghan and Harry by their formal Sussex titles of Duke and Duchess. While it is uncommon for the Queen to express her feelings, still she showed how much she appreciates the Sussexes, and referred to them as “a valued part of my family.”
The full statement read: “Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my 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.
“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.
“Harry and Meghan have made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives. It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK. 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.”
The Queen’s statement comes less than a week since Harry and Meghan announced their intent to step back from the royal family and becoming financially independent.