Queen backing for Harry and Meghan
THE Queen has issued a statement in support of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex following a crisis summit saying the royal family “respect and understand” their desire for a “new life”.
The head of state announced there would be a “period of transition” with Harry and Meghan – who have said they want to be financially independent and step back as senior royals – living in Canada and the UK.
She stressed the discussions were “complex matters” for her family to resolve but she wanted “final decisions” in the “coming days”.
The Queen was joined at Sandringham by the Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge for the face-to-face talks with Harry and described them as “very constructive”.
It is unusual for the Queen to issue a statement in her own name – when not paying condolences after the death of a foreign head of state or sympathising following a natural disaster or terrorist attack.
And the formal titles of the couple – the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – were not used by the monarch.
The head of state said: “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 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.”
Meanwhile,the Duke of Cambridge has issued a joint statement with the Duke of Sussex, denying a newspaper claim about the brothers’ relationship which they branded “offensive and potentially harmful”.
The statement did not name the newspaper but the Times yesterday had a front page story about the crisis, and says a source told the publication Harry and Meghan “regarded themselves as having been pushed away by what they saw as a bullying attitude from the Duke of Cambridge”.
The report goes on to say that these allegations have been contested by other sources close to the Cambridges and Harry.
A joint statement issued on behalf of the princes said: “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.
“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.”
There has been much speculation about the relationship of the brothers who, a few years ago, were working closely together on charitable projects and lived yards from each other at Kensington Palace.
Harry and Meghan want to live in Canada and the UK