On Monday, at 5pm, Buckingham Palace has released a statement from the Queen following a meeting with senior royals in Sandringham to discuss the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s future.
Her Majesty has confirmed that Prince Harry and Meghan are no longer “full-time working members of the Royal Family” and expressed her regret at their decision.
The full statement reads: “Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family,” the Queen said in a statement.
“My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family,” she continued. “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 emergency summit at the Queen’s estate in Norfolk was attended by Prince Harry, the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William.
It is believed that Duchess Meghan participated in the discussion via phone, as she recently returned to Vancouver Island, Canada with eight-month-old son Archie.
Today’s meeting marked the first time the senior royals have gathered since Harry and Meghan announced their decision about stepping back from royal duties.