Queen will back Duke and Duchess of Sussex decision

epa08122035 Britain's Queen Elizabeth leaves church at the Sandringham Estate, Britain, 12 January 2020. Senior members of Britain's royal family are expected to meet to discuss Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's future role after the couple have announced in a statement on 08 January 2020 that they will step back as 'senior' royal family members and work to become 'financially independent'. EPA-EFE/NEIL HALL

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The Queen indicated that the Royal Family will “respect and understand” the desire of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to step back as senior royals, and backed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex  in their decision. This statement followed a crisis summit about their future roles.

The head of state announced there would be a “period of transition” which will see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle living in Canada and the UK.

In a statement issued by Buckingham Palace, the Queen said: “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.”

The final decision on how the couple will organise their time and finances will be made in the coming days, the monarch said in a statement released by Buckingham Palace.

Full statement :

“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.”

Via Independent (UK) / Sky News

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