Daily US Times, London: The Queen agreed to a “period of transition” for Harry and Meghan in which they will spend time outside of the palace.
In a statement, the Queen said she is “entirely supportive” of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s desires but but “would have preferred” them to remain full-time working royals.
The final decisions will be made in the coming days, Queen said.
The senior royals sat in a meeting to discuss Harry and Meghan’s future roles after they announced ‘stepping back’ as senior royals.
Queen said the meeting at Sandringham was “very constructive.” Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge also involved in the meeting. The two bothers’ face-to-face meeting carries significance while British media speculate the distance between them is expanding.
Yesterday, just hours after the meeting, the two brothers issued a joint press statement where they denied a news story published in the Times.
What does the Queen’s statement say?
In her statement, the Queen said she and her family entirely support the desires of Harry and Meghan to create a new life as a young family.
She also acknowledged an agreement that will allow Harry and Meghan to live in the UK and Canada.
”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.”
In an announcement earlier this week, Harry and Meghan said they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives. They want to be financially independent.
Describing the issues as complex to resolve, Queen said, ”there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days.”
It is not clear yet what the couple is going to do to became ”financially independent.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told Global News there had been “no discussions” about the details of the couple’s decision to stay in Canada part-time including on the issues of security and any potential impact on Canada’s taxpayers.
Harry’s wife Meghan is in Canada now with her child Archie. She flew to the country amid the ongoing discussions between the two governments.
The couple spent their Christmas there. The Sussexes returned to the UK last week after a six-week break from royal duties.
They have been struggling with the media spotlight, especially how British media described Meghan.
They publicly revealed their struggle in last October.
In December, news broke out that the couple had made an application to trademark their Sussex Royal brand. The brand has a string of items, including books, calendars, clothing, charitable fundraising, education, and social care services.