Queen Elizabeth II met with Prince Harry on Monday in what’s been dubbed the “Megxit Summit,” and the monarch has released an official statement about their “constructive discussions.” While the Queen is disappointed about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to quit their positions as senior members of The Firm, she says that the royal family is supportive of their choice.
“Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family,” the British monarch said in a statement posted on Twitter. “My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a royal 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.”
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The statement went on to say that Harry and Meghan have made it clear that they don’t want to rely on public funds from British taxpayers to fund their new life together. And, everyone agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will split their time between the UK and Canada.
The Queen concluded her statement by saying that these are complex matters for her family to resolve, and there is still more work to do. However, she has asked for final decisions to be made in the coming days.
According to Page Six, the meeting – which also included Prince Charles and Prince William – started at 2 p.m. local time and lasted about two-and-a-half hours. Prince Charles was spotted leaving the Queen’s Sandringham estate first, while Prince Harry and Prince William soon followed. The brothers left separately, and Prince William reportedly showed up just 15 minutes before the meeting started to avoid having lunch with his younger brother.
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Meghan Markle was also part of the meeting, but she joined via telephone since she has already returned to Canada to be with Archie Harrison.
Prince Harry arrived at Sandringham at approximately 11:20 a.m. local time in a Range Rover Evoque with blacked-out windows. Prince Charles traveled to Sandringham on Sunday via helicopter. However, Prince William – who was only two miles away at his Anmer Hall country estate – waited until 1:45 pm to show up for the discussions.
Until a plan is in place – which will be difficult because of the money involved – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will not be making any official appearances on behalf of the Queen.