- The Queen states that some issues, which she classified as "complex," need to be resolved.
- The statement adds that Harry and Meghan have made it clear that they do not want to depend on public resources in their new life.
- Harry and William issued a joint statement condemning news of an alleged deterioration in their relationship.
Queen Elizabeth II gave her blessing to the decision of Prince Harry and his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, to step aside from their duties as high representatives of the monarchy and to lead an independent life. That’s according to a statement issued on Monday, after a family reunion convened to solve the crisis caused after the couple announced that they wished to step back from their roles as senior members of the royal family.
Queen Elizabeth II said the meeting was constructive, and announced that the British royal family will open a transitional period to accommodate the new status of Harry and Meghan, during which they will spend time in Canada and the United Kingdom. The Queen also states that some issues, which she classified as “complex,” need to be resolved.
“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 Queen said in the statement.
The statement adds that 35-year-old Harry, and 38-year-old Meghan, have made it clear that they do not want to depend on public resources in their new life. It is not yet clear how this independence should occur. So far, Prince Charles finances 95 percent of his son Harry’s budget from his private assets, according to press reports.
“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 Queen added. Among the open questions is the security payment of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, which is currently funded by taxpayers. In addition to Harry, his brother, Prince William, and his father, Charles, attended the meeting with the Queen. According to the British press, this was Harry’s first meeting with his grandmother after announcing on Wednesday his desire to have his “financial independence,” and to live part of the year in North America.
The unexpected announcement by Harry and Meghan, who say they intend to “work to be financially independent,” surprised and caused discomfort among other members of the monarchy, raising doubts about the future sources of funding for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Despite rumors of resentment between Harry and William, the brothers on Monday issued a joint statement condemning news of an alleged deterioration in their relationship. Princes William and Harry denied a UK newspaper story alleging that William’s “bullying attitude” had caused the splits in the family. The story was “false,” the princes said in a joint statement.
“For brothers who care so deeply about the issues surrounding mental health, the use of inflammatory language in this way is offensive and potentially harmful.” the statement said. Even though they didn’t cite the name of the newspaper, The Times had earlier published an article in which it insinuated that there was bad blood between the two brothers.