It’s been quite the week for the Royal Family after The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan, announced that they plan to leave their positions as senior members of the family. We discussed what this means for them and why it is likely to ruffle feathers. The Queen’s initial statement that the talks were in the early stages had people speculating that the announcement wasn’t something heavily discussed with the family or even at all. Well, the Queen has finally made an official statement on her stance and well, she’s casual cool with it.
TV’s Chris Ship took to Twitter to share the Queen’s statement following discussions with the family. Her statement was wonderfully supportive of the couple and clarified to the media that she’s on their side.
“Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family,” Her Majesty said in the statement. “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.”
The Queen reiterated the statement made by Harry and Meghan that they want to become financially independent. She says, “Harry and Meghan have made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives.”
— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) January 13, 2020
She continued her statement sharing the couple’s plan on where they’ll be splitting their time, saying, “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.” Reports say Queen Elizabeth II, and Princes Charles, William and Harry were all present at Sandringham for the discussions which took place earlier today.
Now all this sounds wonderfully supportive and not at all like they’re all having a screaming match behind closed doors. It’s great that she’s so cool with it, but one thing stands out here as a little different than how she addressed this matter last week.
She used their first names; Harry and Meghan, and addressed them as “my grandson and his family.” Typically we’d expect her to call them The Duke and Duchess–their Royal titles, and being this casual isn’t something we’d expect of The Queen. There has been some speculation on if or how The Duke and Duchess of Sussex could keep their titles if they’re stepping down as senior members of the Royal Family, and this leads us to wonder if they’re giving that up too?
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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. 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. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA
Time will tell, and the Queen said they still have matters to figure out—this title thing likely being one of them. 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,” Her Majesty says at the end of her statement. Stay tuned, I guess.