July 12, 2020
Queen’s respect: A blueprint for future royal siblings?
LONDON - Queen Elizabeth II said Monday she "would have preferred" Prince Harry and Meghan to remain "full-time working Members of the Royal Family" but respects their decision "to live a more independent life as a family."

"My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family," Her Majesty said in a statement. "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."

The queen added that the details of the young couples' decision to distance themselves from the Royal Family still have to be worked out.

"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 said.

The announcement came after the British royals held an unprecedented summit triggered by the couple's shock announcement that they planned to "step back" from their traditional roles.

Last Wednesday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex posted the stunning announcement on social media and their own new website that they would split their time between North America and the United Kingdom as they "carve out a progressive new role within this institution."

“This bombshell had been dropped on the royal family and yet they still hadn't met to discuss it face to face,” NBC royal contributor Camilla Tominey said.

The family will need to work out how exactly Harry, who is sixth in line to the throne, and Meghan will continue to support the queen, while also working to become “financially independent,” Tominey said.
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