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Queen grants Harry and Meghan ‘transition period’ in Canada

AFP
Sandringham, United Kingdom
Queen Elizabeth II on Monday said she would allow her grandson Prince Harry and his wife Meghan to split their time between Canada and Britain while an agreement was made on their future, after their shock resignation from front-line royal duties.
The monarch said she held “very constructive” talks with Harry, his brother Prince William and their father Prince Charles aimed at charting a course through the fallout of the bombshell announcement.
Their effective resignation last week followed a year filled with rumours of infighting between the brothers and reports of Meghan -- a biracial American actress with a strong social media presence -- feeling unwelcome in the highly traditional and structured royal family.
“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 statement after the first day of meetings at her Sandringham estate in eastern England.
Harry and Meghan said they wanted to “carve out a progressive new role within this institution”.
“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,” the queen said.
The monarch stressed the couple told her “they do not want to be reliant on public funds” but did not address the issue of whether they would keep their royal titles.
Harry and Meghan are formally known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Five percent of their income is from public funds.
The rest comes from Prince Charles’ Duchy of Cornwall, a hereditary private estate dating back to 1337, which funds the public, charitable and private activities of his family.
“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,” said the queen, stressing that there were still “complex matter” left to resolve.
“I have asked for final decisions to be reached within days,” she said.
The Daily Mail tabloid said Charles was furious at Harry for making the announcement without winning the queen’s consent, and after spending his father’s money to support his lifestyle.