The Queen advised that Prince Harry not release that royal statement, and he did anyways
Yesterday, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry released a very definitive statement, outlining their plans to “step back” as “senior members of the royal family.” Meghan and Harry fans screamed, “Yas, do you!” but apparently the Queen did not.
CNN‘s royal sources say that the Queen, Prince Charles, and Prince William gathered earlier this week to discuss what to “do” about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s forthcoming statement and the Queen advised Harry not to release it, but he did anyways. Apparently, the Palace is very “disappointed” and “hurt” by Harry and Meghan’s decision, however, the source added that the palace is going to try and work with Meghan and Harry on a “workable solution” to this whole, resigning from the royal family thing.
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📸 To mark the start of a new decade, a portrait has been released of Her Majesty The Queen and Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and Prince George. The portrait was taken by Ranald Mackechnie in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace. Photograph © Ranald Mackechnie
This is all according to a source, of course, but the Queen’s official statement wasn’t exactly supportive of Meghan and Harry either.
Meghan and Harry’s statement was pretty clear-cut, they seem to know exactly what they want: distance from the royal family. However, just hours after the couple announced their transition, the Queen released her own statement and claimed that the couple’s big news is still in an “early stage.”
“Discussions with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage. We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through,” the Queen’s office at Buckingham Palace said in a statement.
We’re no royal experts, but Meghan and Harry’s statement made it seem like they’re buying property in Canada asap. There was nothing about their words that felt “complicated” or “early stage.” Plus, the royal couple already launched their new website, which has a list of charities they support that have nothing to do with their “official royal patronages.”
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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
CNN’s royal source added that the Queen is coming up with a plan to “redefine the couple’s role while satisfying the palace,” so, it doesn’t really sound like an amicable split at the moment.
Clearly, Harry has ruffled a few feathers in the monarchy, but he is Princess Diana’s son after all — it seems he’s determined to follow his gut and do things his own way. We can’t wait to see what Meghan and Harry’s next chapter holds.