Queen Issues Statement About Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Future


Queen Elizabeth II released a statement about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's future in the royal family on Monday.

The Queen has agreed a "period of transition" in which the couple will spend time in both Canada and the United Kingdom, BBC reported.

In the statement, she said she is "entirely supportive," although she "would have preferred them to remain full-time working members of the Royal family."

Read the full statement below.

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.

Over the weekend, it was reported that senior members of the family would meet to make important decisions. Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry met at the queen's Sandringham Estate. Sources of Kensington Palace said that Markle, who was in Canada, might call into the meeting.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a bombshell announcement declaring plans to "step back" from royal duties and work towards becoming "financially independent."

The Palace issued a statement to the press in response to the announcement later. "Discussions with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage," the statement read. "We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through."

Since the announcement, the couple's wax figures have also been taken out been taken out of the royal family display at Madame Tussauds in London.

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