Queen Elizabeth made an unprecedented statement on the future of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
"Today my family had very constructive discussions about the future of my grandson and his family," wrote the Queen in a statement. "My family and I support Harry and Meghan's desire to start a new life as a young family. Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time employees of the royal family, we respect and understand their desire to live a more independent life as a family and at the same time to remain a valued part of my family. "
"Harry and Meghan have made it clear that they don't want to rely on public money in their new lives," added the Queen. “It was therefore agreed that there would be a transition period during which the Sussex people would spend time in Canada and the UK. There are complex issues my family has to solve, and there is still something to do, but I have asked to make final decisions in the coming days. "
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Harry and Markle, his American-born wife, announced on Instagram
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Wednesday that they "work to become financially independent" and move overseas. Markle traveled to Canada on Thursday, but reports say she could attend the emergency summit by phone. Harry is expected to come to her after he has signed an agreement on their new life in Canada and the United States is reported to have met with Harry, William, Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth on Monday to discuss their plans.
Newspapers reported that the Queen had asked the couple to explain their plans before the finance, logistics and public relations strategy was worked out, including issues such as their HRH status and security details. Since her engagement, Markle has been concerned with press coverage, which some have described as open and undercover racist, while others have referred to the coverage Different standards for reporting on Kate Middleton and Markle.
The queen and her grandson have long reported having a close relationship. Harry also had a military career on the front lines. "Prince Harry served in the army for ten years, rose to the rank of captain and went on two tours through Afghanistan," says Buckingham Palace's website. "He continues to support his fellow soldiers and encourages the support of wounded men and women as they adapt to life after an injury."