– With AAP.
1. New statement from Queen Elizabeth says she’s “entirely supportive” of Meghan and Harry’s exit.
Queen Elizabeth has said she is “entirely supportive” of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wish for a more independent future following crisis talks involving the most senior members of the royal family.
The Queen was joined at Sandringham by Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry and described the meeting as “very constructive”.
The Queen said there will now be a “period of transition” with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex living in Canada and the UK.
“My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family,” the 93-year-old monarch said in a six-sentence statement that mentioned the word “family” six times.
“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.”
The Queen ended her statement with: "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."
Notably, the formal titles of the couple - the Duke and Duchess of Sussex - were not used by the monarch.
It is also unusual for the Queen to issue a statement in her own name - when not paying condolences after the death of a foreign head of state or sympathising following a natural disaster or terrorist attack.
The crisis talks between the family comes after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced last week their plan to step down as senior royals and to become financially independent.