Queen Elizabeth II has agreed on a “period of transition” allowing the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to split their time between the U.K. and Canada. The Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince Harry reportedly convened at the Queen’s Sandringham Estate Monday morning, and after the family had some time to discuss, Buckingham Palace released a statement on behalf of the Queen.
“Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family. 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 continued saying, “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. 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’s announcement came shortly after it had been reported that there had been a royal family meeting to figure out next steps for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as they step-down from their royal duties.