Queen agrees 'transition' for Harry and Meghan

Prince William right has been heavily involved in trying to appease his brother Harry and Harry's wife Meghan Markle in recent days

On Wednesday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex dropped a bombshell where they said that meant to step back and become "financially independent" while fully supporting the Queen.

The queen - who was reportedly caught off-guard by last week's announcement - acknowledged that she would have "preferred" for the duke and duchess to maintain their royal roles, but said she is "supportive" of their change in plan.

David Jones, who is writing a biography on the Duchess of Sussex, told Daily Mail that he saw the royal couple's decision to step back coming even before they made the announcement.

The Queen, Prince Harry, Prince William and Prince Charles took part in the so-called "Sandringham Summit" on Monday, while Markle joined the discussion on the phone from Canada.

Queen Elizabeth II on Monday said Prince Harry and his wife Meghan would be allowed to split their time between Britain and Canada while their future is finalised. The queen says there are still issues to be resolved but she wants it done within days. That is a noteworthy departure from previous statements in which she referred to them by their full royal titles, British media said.

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The queen will have to find a way to harness Harry and Meghan's global appeal, especially among young people, while giving them the freedom they crave and ensuring the bill to the British taxpayer is as modest as possible.

William, right, Prince Harry, left, attend the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph in London. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a statement that they would like to lead a more financially independent life. Harry and Meghan are also known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Harry and Meghan spent the holidays in Canada with 8-month-old son Archie in tow.

The thing is, we will never know what really goes on inside the walls of Buckingham Palace, and speculating does no good. "The use of inflammatory language in this way is offensive and potentially harmful".

However, they want to make 2020 a "transition" year to carve out their new role and launch their new Sussex Royal charitable entity and seek to raise their own sources of income.

One royal source said "next steps" will be agreed at the meeting, adding that it was the Queen's wish that the issue is resolved "at pace".

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