Queen agrees to transition period for Prince Harry and Meghan

Yolanda Curtis
January 13, 2020

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are set for crunch talks about their future roles with the Queen and the Duke of Cambridge at Sandringham on Monday.

"My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan's desire to create a new life as a young family", she said.

"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".

Queen Elizabeth has given her blessing to grandson Prince Harry and his wife Meghan's wish for a more independent future following crisis talks involving the most senior members of the royal family.

The statement said final decisions will be reached in the coming days.

The royal couple shocked the world, and Buckingham Palace, last week when they announced they wanted to "step back" from their royal duties while transitioning to a life in North America. It came after days of intense news coverage, in which supporters of the royal family's feuding factions used the British media to paint conflicting pictures of who was to blame for the rift.

Meghan, an American former TV actress, will try to join via telephone from Canada where she returned earlier in the week to rejoin the couple's baby son, Archie.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also face questions on paying for taxpayer-funded security.

And a new precedent was set for blockbuster royal interviews past year by Prince Andrew, who sat down with BBC news show Newsnight to open up about his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein in an exchange that dominated the media for days. Home Secretary Priti Patel refused to comment, but said safety was a priority.

The Duchess of Sussex has described Trump as "divisive" and "misogynistic," and she was absent for Trump's state visit to the United Kingdom a year ago. The joint statement insisted that the story was "false".

"Despite clear denials, a false story ran in a United Kingdom newspaper today speculating about the relationship between The Duke of Sussex and The Duke of Cambridge", said the statement issued by the offices for William and Harry. "The use of inflammatory language in this way is offensive and potentially harmful".

Other reports by iNewsToday