Queen Elizabeth Releases Statement about Meghan Markle & Prince Harry's Exit after 2-Hour Family Summit
Her Majesty, the Queen of England, is making headlines after putting out a statement addressing Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan's decision to step back as senior members of the royal family.
The Queen's statement came after a 2-hour family summit and it hinted that, while their decisions are supported, the issue still bears some complexity.
She further explained that irrespective of their decision, they are still a "valued" part of the family. The statement read:
"My family and I are entirely in support of Harry and Meghan's desire to create a new life as a young family...We respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life...while remaining a valued part of my family…"
Having stated the decision made by the family after the meeting, the 93-year-old monarch concluded that "final decisions" are "to be reached in the coming days."
Details from royal sources explained this change to be "hurtful" for the royals. Another hurtful feeling is also the severed relationship between Prince Harry and his only brother, Prince William.
The latter reportedly told a friend how his relationship with his brother is currently strained. He said:
"I've put my arm around my brother all my life, and now I can't do that anymore; we're separate entities."
It's a new year, and it appears that the Queen seeks to bury the hatchet and make her family a harmonious one, considering the drastic change they've all witnessed this past week following the news from her grandson.
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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
Apart from reactions from the royals, another dignified individual to have commented on the issue at hand is the iconic artist, Sir Elton John.
He shared a close friendship with Prince Harry's mom, Princess Diana. According to the singer's spokesperson, Elton was "surprised" at the Prince's announcement of independence.