The Queen has released a statement following discussions that took place in the wake of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s announcement they would be stepping back from their senior royal duties.
ITV’s Chris Ship took to Twitter to share the statement, which says the Royal Family is “entirely supportive” of the couple’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 writes.
“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.”
Queen Elizabeth II, and Princes Charles, William and Harry were all present at Sandringham for the discussions on Monday.
Discussions were quickly prompted by a statement Harry and Markle release on Jan. 8, announcing their intention to carve out a new role for themselves within the institution.
The plan includes becoming financially independent, splitting their time between Canada and the U.K. and working more closely with grassroots media, among other intentions.
Buckingham Palace responded in a statement the same day, saying: “Discussions with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage. We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.”
Since then, Princes William and Harry banded together to release a joint statement denying reports that future King had been “bullying” Harry and Meghan.
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