The Queen has released a statement on the future of Prince Harry and Meghan following crisis meetings at Sandringham today.
She said the royal family ‘had very constructive discussions’ on the future of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and it has been agreed ‘that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK’.
The royal family ‘respect and understand’ their desire for a ‘new life’, she said.
Discussions were ‘complex matters’ for her family to resolve but she wanted ‘final decisions’ in the ‘coming days’, the head of state said.
She said: ‘Though 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.’
It comes after Prince Harry sat down with the Queen, his brother Prince William and father Prince Charles today to thrash out plans for his future with Meghan and Archie.
The historic meeting at the Queen’s private estate was the first time Harry met with senior royals since they made the shocking announcement to step down as senior royals last week.