Queen Elizabeth II has agreed a “period of transition” in which the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will spend time in Canada and the UK.
After a crisis meeting of senior royals at the Queen’s Sandringham estate north of London, she said she is “entirely supportive” of their desire for a new role but “would have preferred” them to remain full-time working royals.
She expects final decisions to be made in the coming days, she said.
Senior royals have been in talks about Prince Harry and Meghan‘s role after they said they wanted to “step back”.
In a statement, the Queen said the talks at Sandringham, which also involved the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge, had been “very constructive”.
“My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family,” she said.
The meeting came on a tumultuous day for the royals. Before the meeting Princes William and Harry denied a UK newspaper story alleging that William’s “bullying attitude” had caused the splits in the family. The story was “false,” the princes said in a joint statement.
“For brothers who care so deeply about the issues surrounding mental health, the use of inflammatory language in this way is offensive and potentially harmful,” the statement said.
Monday’s summit was the first time the senior royals have met since the Prince Harry and Meghan’s shock announcement last Wednesday.
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