Although Prince Harry and Meghan Markle seem to be clear about their wishes, it also gives way to a range of difficulties for the royal family. And the queen has given out a statement regarding the same.
Since the moment Prince Harry and Meghan Markle dropped their unexpected announcement, it's been a tense situation among the royal family, who came together for a meeting to discuss what things may possibly look like when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex split their time between the UK and Canada.
Although Prince Harry and Meghan Markle clearly expressed their wishes to be "financially independent", a lot of their future lies in the hands of the 93-year-old monarch. Following the meeting that took place at the Queen's Sandringham estate north of London, a statement was released on behalf of the queen that showed her support for the couple but also mentioned that details of the plan will have to be chalked out further, as reported by CNN.
The statement from the queen, which was published on January 13, 2020, said, "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."
Talking about how there was agreement on giving the Duke and Duchess that much-needed period of transition, the statement went on to say, "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."
A change as major as this cannot take place overnight and the queen's words reflected how more thought and planning would need to be carried out. The queen also added, "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."
After the announcement was made, it was also reported that Meghan Markle has traveled back to Canada to join their son Archie.
In the past, both Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have opened up about how the public scrutiny and harsh media reports have taken a toll on them. Their decision to take a step back as "senior members" wasn't a surprise, but it made things difficult for the rest of the royal family was how they were unprepared for the big announcement.
"The palace aides are working in conjunction with the queen," Neil Sean, a royal author and broadcaster told Fox News. "It’s not lost on anyone that they decided to launch this without the permission of the queen."
However, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle seem to be clear on their decision. And how their wishes will impact the British royal family's future can only be seen once further steps are taken.