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Here’s What The Queen Has To Say About Harry And Meghan Stepping Down From Royal Duties

35-year-old Harry and 38-year-old Meghan have really made headlines after they announced last week that they intend to “step back as senior members of the Royal Family.”

The royal family just held a summit in Sandringham to discuss Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step down from their royal duties, and now the Queen herself is speaking out.

The discussion at the summit last two and a half hours, and here’s the Queen’s statement on the matters:

Instagram; pictured above is the Queen at a reception for NATO leaders

“Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family,” she said.

“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.”

“Harry and Meghan have made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives.”

“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.”

“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.”

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