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Queen Backs Harry, Meghan's Wish for Less-Royal Lives

But the financial details are still getting ironed out
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2020 11:37 AM CST
Updated Jan 13, 2020 1:23 PM CST
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In this 2015 photo, Britain's Prince William, right, and Prince Harry attend a ceremony in London.   (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
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(Newser) – The "Sandringham summit" is over, and it looks like the queen is OK with Harry and Meghan embarking on a life of less royalty. But we won't know particulars about their role in the royal family—including the financial part—until more negotiations are complete. Still, we are a "little clearer" on the path forward after the queen's rare, personal statement on the matter, write Kevin Rawlinson and Martin Belam at the Guardian. Among other things, the queen signed off on her grandson and his wife splitting time between Canada and the UK. Coverage:

  • The statement: "My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family," says the queen's statement, which can be read in full here. "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."
  • A 'transition': She adds that "complex matters" must still be worked out, but she has agreed to "a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK." She expects the details to be ironed out this week.

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