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  • Duke And Duchess Still? Harry And Meghan Will Have 'Period Of Transition,' Says Queen

    An emergency family meeting was held yesterday following their surprise announcement last week
    by Lei Dimarucut-Sison .
Duke And Duchess Still? Harry And Meghan Will Have 'Period Of Transition,' Says Queen
PHOTO BY @sussexroyal, @theroyalfamily/Instagram
  • In an official statement on The British Royals’ website published earlier today, Queen Elizabeth II said that she is “entirely supportive” of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who have expressed their desire to go through a “period of transition” from their roles within the royal family.

    “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 first part of The Queen’s statement reads.

    This development came after a family meeting was held on January 13 with The Queen, Prince Charles, and Princes William and Harry in attendance. 

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    On January 9, 2020, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex posted an announcement on their official Instagram account, @sussexroyal, in a surprise move. 

    “‘After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment,’” reads part of the caption for a photo of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on Instagram. 

    The announcement came as a shock not only to the public but to the royal family as well because it was reportedly made without prior consultation with any of its senior members.

    The post continues, “‘We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity.

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    “‘We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.’ - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.”

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    Prince Harry married former Hollywood actress Meghan Markle in a traditional royal ceremony in Windsor, United Kingdom on May 19, 2018. 

    The couple announced that Duchess Meghan was pregnant with their first child in October 2018, and on May 6, 2019, a son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, was born to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

    The rest of the Queen’s statement on Harry and Meghan’s transition period reads as follows:

    “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.”

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