Queen Elizabeth Didn't Refer to Harry & Meghan Markle by Their Royal Titles in Official Statement

The Queen has finally addressed Prince Harry and Meghan’s decision to step back in an official statement. She, however, didn’t refer to the couple by their royal titles.

Almost a week after Prince Harry and Meghan dropped the bombshell news about their decision to “step back as senior members of the royal family,” the Queen has issued a statement.

Queen Elizabeth II attends the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn. | Photo: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II attends the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn. | Photo: Getty Images

In the official statement shared on the royal website, Her Majesty offered her support for her grandson and his family. She 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.”

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the WellChild awards at Royal Lancaster Hotel. | Photo: Getty Images

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the WellChild awards at Royal Lancaster Hotel. | Photo: Getty Images

The monarch continued her announcement saying that since Harry and Meghan have decided not to rely on public funds, there will be a period of transition in which they will spend time in both the United Kingdom and Canada.

The Queen ended her statement by assuring her subjects that although the issue is complex, she has “asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days.”

Queen Elizabeth II leaves a thanksgiving service for a thanksgiving service for the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret at St George's Chapel. | Photo: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II leaves a thanksgiving service for a thanksgiving service for the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret at St George's Chapel. | Photo: Getty Images

Although it was evident that the Queen approached the matter at hand with love in her tone, it was observed that she didn’t refer to Harry and Meghan with their royal titles throughout the speech.

Rather than call them the Duke and Duchess of Sussex like she had done in her previous statements, Her Majesty opted for “Harry and Meghan.” The Queen bestowed the title of Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their wedding day in May 2018.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding. | Photo: Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding. | Photo: Getty Images

PEOPLE Magazine gathers that the statement was released following the two-and-a-half-hour meeting the royal family had on Monday.

While the lack of referencing their titles raises eyebrows, royal expert Robert Lacey revealed to the publication that it is unlikely that the monarch will strip them of their titles. 

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston at St George's Chapel. | Photo: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston at St George's Chapel. | Photo: Getty Images

PEOPLE recalls that hours after Harry and Meghan first shared the news of their decision, the Queen described the situation as “complicated.”

Insiders revealed that this was because the Queen and other senior members of the royal family were caught off guard by the announcement. 

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“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. 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. 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 For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA

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Although they were aware that the couple had a desire to take a different route, it wasn’t expected that an official statement be released.

After the statement was released, it was reported by US Magazine that the monarch called for an emergency family meeting.

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Today, The Queen visited the Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) village to celebrate the charity’s centenary year. The charity supports Armed Forces personnel and veterans, and their families, as well as people who have been long-term unemployed. During the visit in Kent Her Majesty opened the new Appleton Lodge care facility and visited the Centenary Village housing project. The lodge provides care for residents as well as local people in the area. She also met RBLI Village’s eldest resident, 99-year old WWII veteran John Riggs, and his family. Finally, The Queen visited the RBLI Centenary Village, to see the completed first phase of the development, which includes specially-adapted apartments for wounded former military personnel. And she buried a time capsule which included a personal message congratulating the charity on their Centenary. For more on today visit our website via the link in our bio! 📸 Press Association / Royal Communications

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Regardless of the perceived tension in the royal family, it is a breath of fresh air that the Queen wholeheartedly supports her grandson’s decision.

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