Prince William and Prince Harry issue joint statement about their relationship as brothers

By Heather Cichowski

Prince William and Prince Harry have shown great support to each other during the Royal Family's period of change and released a joint statement about their relationship as brothers.

Their joint statement was released a spokesperson and comes in regards to a false news story that was published in the wake of Harry and Duchess Meghan stepping down from their senior royal roles.

"Despite clear denials, a false story ran in a UK newspaper today speculating about the relationship between The Duke of Sussex and The Duke of Cambridge," the statement reads. "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 reportedly refers to an article which described a "bullying attitude" as one of the reasons for Harry stepping down from his role.

The brothers' statement was released ahead of key discussions at Sandringham with the Queen and Prince Charles about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's future. Members of the four royal households were present to figure out the details of the Sussex's roles and the finer points of the situation after the couple discussed splitting "their time between the United Kingdom and North America."

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On Jan. 13, the Queen issued a statement in which she said she supported the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's plans, and had agreed to a "period of transition" where the couple would spend time in Canada and the United Kingdom. The talks were held at Sandringham, and included the Duke of Sussex, Duke of Cambridge and Prince of Wales.

"Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family," Her Majesty's statement begins.

Meghan, Harry and the Queen at the Queen's Young Leaders Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace on June 26, 2018. Photo: © John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images

"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.

"Harry and Meghan have made it 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."

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