Queen Elizabeth II broke her silence after Harry and Meghan stepped down as senior members of the Royal family.
On Monday, the Royal family had a 2-hour summit in Sandringham to discuss the exit of the Sussexes. The Queen was joined by Prince Harry, Prince William and their father, Prince Charles. Meghan Markle joined in via video call in Canada.
After the summit, Queen Elizabeth released a statement announcing her support for her grandson’s departure. She 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.”
Also adding, “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 statement continued, “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 Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their decision to step down as senior Royals on January 8. Their intention is “to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen”.
After the Queen’s statement was released, people started speculating that the monarch might strip Harry and Meghan’s royal titles since she did not use their titles in her statement. Rather than calling them the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, she referred to them as “Harry and Meghan.”
Harry and Meghan received a lot of backlash after their decision.
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