Queen Elizabeth Congratulates the Departure of Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex Megan

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II agreed to give up her grandson Prince Harry and his wife, Megan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, for their royal duties, and blessed their “new, more independent” lives.

“My family and I fully support Harry and Meghan’s desire to start a new life as a young family,” the Queen said in a statement, issued after a meeting of senior members of the royal family.

She added: “Although we would have preferred to remain active members of the royal family all the time, we respect and understand their desire to lead a more independent life as a family while remaining part of it and its dignity in my family.”

The Queen explained that there will be a transitional period during which the couple spends time between Britain and Canada, noting that more work is needed to finalize the future arrangements for the couple.

On January 8, Prince Harry and his wife announced their desire to give up their royal duties and start an independent life. They also expressed their desire to go to North America and live between Canada and Britain. Their decision faced the rejection of some members of the royal family.

 

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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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