Calling the summit at the estate in Norfolk "constructive," Her Majesty expresses full support of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as they seek to begin new lives "as a young family." She also confirms Harry and Meghan will be spending much more time in Canada, saying the couple will begin a "period of transition" in which they will be here as well as across the pond in the UK.
A statement from Her Majesty The Queen. https://t.co/IVSyfeojqk
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) January 13, 2020
"Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family," Her Majesty's statement begins.
"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."
Also on Jan. 13, Harry and William also issued a joint statement in which they responded to reports of "bullying."
"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 so offensive and potentially harmful."
Last week, Harry and Meghan shocked royal watchers by announcing plans to step down from their senior royal roles and "carve out a progressive" future while still supporting the Queen and the Commonwealth. They stated they would balance their time in North America and the UK, so they could raise their son with knowledge of his royal background and move into the next phase of their lives in an effort to move towards being "financially independent."
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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
Following their announcement, the Queen, Charles and William directed aides to find a "workable solution" to help Meghan and Harry move toward their goals. On the weekend, it was revealed Her Majesty had convened a family summit at Sandringham to talk through the issues.
On Jan. 11, it was also reported Meghan had signed a voiceover deal with Disney in exchange for a charitable donation to Elephants Without Borders before the Sussexes left for their six-week break from royal duties in 2019.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were believed to have spent extensive time on Vancouver Island during that break, reportedly staying in a home in North Saanich, just north of British Columbia's capital of Victoria. Reports emerged last week that their dogs had been spotted there over their break, giving rise to even more speculation that they would be spending much more time in Canada, which Her Majesty all but confirmed today.