The Duke and Duchess of Sussex-Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made a shocking announcement on Wednesday with respect to them stepping back as the 'senior' members of the Royal Family. The statement from the couple which was made available on Instagram that read, 'after many months of reflection and internal discussions', the couple has chosen to 'make a transition'. Now, after a few days, Queen Elizabeth II has finally issued a statement that addressed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's decision.
In the statement that was circulated across social media platforms, the Queen stated that the family and she is 'entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire'. The statement further read that she agreed to the 'period of transition'. The Queen informed that Prince Harry and Meghan 'do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives' while touching upon the financial aspect. Concluding the statement, Queen said the final decision will arrive in a few days.
BREAKING! Queen Elizabeth II has released an official statement regarding Prince Harry and Meghan’s decision to step back from the royal family: "My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family." So happy for Harry, Meghan, & Archie!
Prince Harry and Meghan will be now setting up their second home in North America with their eight-month-old son Archie. Meghan, an actress, is said to be already in Canada with their son and reportedly joined the conversation with the Royal family through telephone.
As per reports, Prince Harry along with his brother William and their father- the Prince of Wales, Charles were invited to the emergency meeting held at the Queen's Sandringham estate in Norfolk where she is said to be residing after Christmas until February 6, the anniversary of the death of her father, King George VI. The monarch came together for the first time post Prince Harry's decision and reportedly discussed if they will retain their royal titles as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend 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. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA
According to reports, Prince Harry and William were close to each other until the former married Meghan in May 2017. They then decided to divide their joint charitable foundation. As per reports, William told a friend of his that, “I’ve put my arm around my brother all our lives and I can’t do that anymore; we’re separate entities.“ Prince Harry will be making his first appearance at Rugby League World Cup 2021 post stepping back as the senior royal role. He will be hosting the event.
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