Queen grants Harry and Meghan ‘transition period’ in Canada Jan 14, 2020 0 529 12345 AFPSandringham, United KingdomQueen 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. RELATED ARTICLES PHILIPPINES ON ALERT AS VOLCANO SPEWS ASH, LAVA Jan 14, 2020 0 928 US wants to reduce military presence in Africa: Mark Milley Jan 14, 2020 0 599 ‘Joker’ leads Oscar nods with 11 as women, minorities miss out Jan 14, 2020 0 447 Snowstorms kill dozens in Pakistan, Afghanistan Islamabad/Kabul: Snowstorms and heavy rains have killed more than two dozen people in Pakistan and Afghanistan, with the blocked roads and cancelled flights bringing daily life to a standstill. At least 20 people were .. Pakistan court overrules Musharraf death sentence on treason Islamabad: The death sentence for treason handed to former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf by a special tribunal last month was overruled the Lahore High Court on Monday, Musharraf’s lawyers said. The .. Hardline Hindus protest huge Indian Jesus statue New Delhi: Hundreds of Hindu activists affiliated to India’s ruling party rallied on Monday to protest a planned Jesus statue that will rival Rio de Janeiro’s Christ The Redeemer for size. “We want to stop the statue, .. Top EU officials take oath of office Luxembourg: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen took an oath of office alongside other top European Union officials on Monday, vowing to respect the bloc’s founding treaties. Von der Leyen and her 26 EU .. Democrat Cory Booker, campaign optimist, exits White House race Washington: Citing a lack of funds, US Senator Cory Booker dropped out of the Democratic presidential nomination race on Monday, a move that leaves a less diverse field vying to face Donald Trump in November’s election. ..