Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has agreed to a transitional period during which the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will spend time in Canada and Britain.
The Queen gathered senior members of the Royal family at Sandringham Palace on Monday to discuss the future role of Prince Harry and Meghan, who have previously said they want to become financially independent.
“While we expect them to remain full-fledged members of the Royal family, we respect and understand their desire to live a more independent life and remain an important part of my family,” the statement said.
According to the Queen, an agreement was reached at the meeting on a transition period during which the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will spend part of their time in Canada and part in Britain. How long this period will last is unknown.
“My family has difficult issues to resolve, and there is still a lot of work to do, but I have asked for final decisions to be made within the next few days,” the Queen said at the end of her statement.
In addition to Queen Elizabeth II and her grandson Prince Harry, Harry’s father the Prince of Wales and his older brother Prince William attended the meeting at Sandringham Palace. Harry’s wife, Meghan, was supposed to take part in the phone conversation.
As expected, members of the Royal family were expected to discuss the consequences of Harry and Meghan’s refusal to serve as senior members of the Royal family, in particular how much they would receive from the Palace, titles, and details of the commercial agreements they would be allowed to enter into.