Queen Elizabeth II has finally shared her thoughts on Prince Harry and his wife Meghan’s decision to “create a new life as a young family.”
A “Period of transition”
The Queen’s statement was released on January 13, 2020, after a sudden announcement by Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle that they have decided to step back as senior royals in order to build financial independence:
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.
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. - Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Despite the Queen’s support, she did not refer to the couple by their titles of Duke and Duchess, which invites several questions, such as will Harry and Meghan retain their titles, and what to degree will they still be a part of the Royal Family.
One of the young couple’s demands is to keep living in the Frogmore House and still keep their taxpayer-funded security and travels options, which doesn’t quite sit right with their idea of “not wanting to be reliant on public funds in their new lives.”
Many members of the public are angered by the lack of information presented in both statements and the demands of Harry and Meghan, insisting that the two should lose all their privileges, should they want to truly be independent.