Queen grants Harry and Meghan's wish for more independent life

Queen Elizabeth II agrees to allow Prince Harry and his wife Meghan to move part-time to Canada.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
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Queen Elizabeth II agreed on Monday to grant Prince Harry and his wife Meghan their wish for a more independent life, allowing them to move part-time to Canada while remaining firmly in the House of Windsor.

The Queen said in a statement quoted by The Associated Press that the summit of senior royals on Monday was "constructive," and that it had been "agreed that there will be a period of transition'' in which the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will spend time in Canada and the UK.

The summit at the queen's Sandringham estate in eastern England marked the first face-to-face talks with Harry since he and Meghan unveiled the controversial plan to step back from their royal roles.

“My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family,'' the Queen said. “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.''

Buckingham Palace, responding to the plan last week, said “a range of possibilities” would be discussed, but the Queen was determined to resolve the situation within “days, not weeks." Buckingham Palace stressed, however, that “any decision will take time to be implemented."

One of the more fraught questions that needs to be worked out is precisely what it means for a royal to be financially independent and what activities can be undertaken to make money. Other royals who have ventured into the world of commerce have found it complicated.




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