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Queen Elizabeth II says she supports Harry and Meghan's wishes

The queen released a statement following the family meeting.

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Harry, 35 and Megan, 38, shocked the world with their decision to "step back as 'senior' members of the Royal Family" last week.

Shortly after 5 p.m. local time, Buckingham Palace released a statement from Queen Elizabeth in which she described the discussions on the future of "my grandson and his family" as "constructive."

Buckingham Palace has just released the following statement from the Queen:

"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.

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. 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."



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