The Queen has released an official statement regarding Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's decision to step back from their roles as senior members of the Royal family.
In a statement released on January 13, the British monarch stated that she had a discussion with her grandson and she is "entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan's desire to create a new life as a young family."
She went on to admit that she would have preferred they remain in their given posts but respects the choice they are making. The Queen continued that there will be a transition period before they become financially independent, or not reliant on British taxpayers. They will reportedly split their time between the U.K. and Canada.
"Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family," the Queen's statement began. "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."
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Since the news broke on Wednesday, there have been plenty of reports about what this means for the Royal family, especially what Markle may do with her new freedom.
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“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
Will she get a deal with Disney? Return to acting? Or perhaps become a fashion mogul? The couple had earlier said they would now “balance” their time between Britain and North America and rip up long-established relations with the press, in a surprise statement on Wednesday that appeared to catch Buckingham Palace off guard.
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