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Barbados plans to scrap Queen Elizabeth off leadership post.

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Renewed push for republican status comes 45 years after the former British colony gained independence.

Barbados wants to remove the United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth as its head of state and become a republic, the Caribbean nation’s government has said.

A former British colony that gained independence in 1966, Barbados has maintained a formal link with the monarchy like some other countries that were once part of the British empire.

“The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind,” said Barbados Governor General Sandra Mason, delivering a speech on behalf of the country’s Prime Minister Mia Mottley.

“Barbadians want a Barbadian head of state. This is the ultimate statement of confidence in who we are and what we are capable of achieving. Hence, Barbados will take the next logical step toward full sovereignty and become a republic by the time we celebrate our 55th anniversary of independence.”

That anniversary will come in November of next year.

Some on social media celebrated the move.

Kristen Clarke, the head of the Washington, DC-based Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said the development symbolised the “globalisation” of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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According to the Barbados Today, the idea of Barbados becoming a republic was discussed as early as the 1970s.

“The peril and uncertainty of the times compel us to reinforce our foundation. Equally, we are challenged to shore up our traditional structures and find stronger, more resilient, more sustainable architecture, on which we can build a modern and enduring structure for current and future generations,” Mason said, according to the newspaper.

“Barbados has developed governance structures and institutions that mark us as what has been described as, ‘the best governed Black society in the world’.

“Since Independence, we Barbadians have sought constantly to improve our systems of law and governance so as to ensure they best reflect our characteristics and values as a nation.”


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Meghan Markle ‘pleased’ to return to America.

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Meghan Markle said Friday she was pleased to be back in America, where she plans to speak out against racism and campaign for positive change in her home country.

Markle and husband Prince Harry relocated to the United States via Canada this year after announcing in January that they were quitting frontline British royal duties.

The Duchess of Sussex, who is mixed race, said it was “devastating” to return as America’s systemic racism was laid bare following the death in police custody of unarmed black man George Floyd in May.

But her feelings began to change as the country became gripped by widespread peaceful protests, and airwaves became dominated by black voices speaking against decades of discrimination.

“It shifted from sadness to a feeling of absolute inspiration because I can see that the tide is turning,” she told a summit hosted by The 19th*, a new news organization overwhelmingly staffed by women.

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“From my standpoint it’s not new to see this undercurrent of racism and certainly unconscious bias,” said Markle, who grew up in Los Angeles.

“But I think to see the changes that are being made right now is… something that I look forward to being a part of and being a part of using my voice in a way that I haven’t been able to of late.

“So yeah it’s good to be home,” she added.

The “Suits” actress, who was interviewing The 19th*’s CEO Emily Ramshaw about the role of gender in media, also hinted at her and Harry’s troubles with tabloid papers.

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Since stepping back from the royal front lines, Harry and Meghan have waged an increasingly bitter war with the media, particularly the British tabloid press.

Markle has brought a high-profile case against the Mail on Sunday, website Mail Online and its owner Associated Newspapers.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have purchased and moved into a new family home in Santa Barbara, an affluent seaside city outside Los Angeles, according to US media reports. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

‘Toxicity’
She claims breach of privacy, data protection rights and copyright over the publication of extracts of correspondence to her estranged father, Thomas, after her wedding to Harry.

Last month the couple filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles against one or more paparazzi whom they accused of taking pictures of their son Archie without their permission.

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“I think what’s so fascinating, at least from my standpoint and my personal experience the past couple years (is) the headline alone, the clickbait alone makes an imprint,” said Markle.

She added that there is “so much toxicity” in certain news coverage.

“My husband and I talk about it often – this ‘economy for attention’… what is monetizable right now when you’re looking at the digital space and media.

“And so if you’re just trying to grab someone’s attention and keep it you’re going for something salacious versus something truthful,” said Markle, 39.

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Prince Harry has likened what he said was a “ruthless campaign” against his wife to the treatment of his mother, Diana, princess of Wales.

She was killed in a high-speed car crash in Paris in August 1997, while being pursued by paparazzi photographers.

Markle and Harry have spoken of their desire to “to do something of meaning, to do something that matters,” in California, where they plan to launch a wide-ranging non-profit organization named Archewell.

They recently moved into a new family home in Santa Barbara, according to US media reports.


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Queen of England Marks 94th Birthday With No Fanfare.


Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 94th birthday on Tuesday, but the traditional gun salute was called off this year because of the coronavirus crisis.

The monarch was said to be marking the occasion with her 98-year-old husband, Prince Philip, at Windsor Castle, west of London.

The couple, whose age puts them in a high-risk category for COVID-19, have been following the government’s lockdown orders and maintaining social distancing rules during the pandemic.

Other senior royals have been housebound at their residences around Britain, so publicly wished the queen a happy birthday on social media instead.

“Wishing Her Majesty The Queen a very Happy 94th Birthday,” her son and heir to the throne Prince Charles and his wife Camilla posted on Twitter alongside a selection of photographs of his mother through the decades.

Buckingham Palace said on Saturday that the queen would not celebrate her birthday with a traditional gun salute given Britain’s struggles to contain COVID-19.

The country is among the worst-hit in the world by the virus, registering nearly 17,000 deaths in hospitals and almost 125,000 cases to date.

“Her Majesty was keen that no special measures were put in place to allow gun salutes as she did not feel it appropriate in the current circumstances,” the palace said.

The monarch made a rare national address at Easter, urging a collective response to the outbreak.


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There will be no gun salute at Queen Elizabeth 94th birthday. [England]


There will be no gun salutes to mark the Queen Elizabeth’s 94th birthday on 21 April, as it is not thought to be appropriate during the coronavirus pandemic.

It is believed to be the first time in the Queen’s 68-year reign that there has been no such birthday salute.

The monarch will celebrate the occasion privately, although there will be a social media post as normal.

It has already been announced that there will be no Trooping the Colour, a public celebration of her birthday, in June.


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Update: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle bow out of Royal duties.


Britain’s top royals came together on Monday at London’s Westminster Abbey in what was the last public family gathering before Prince Harry and his wife Meghan set off on a new career path devoid of official duties.

The annual Commonwealth Service was also the first time Harry and Meghan had been seen with Queen Elizabeth, his elder brother William and wife Kate, and father Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, since the couple thrashed out an exit deal from their royal roles in January.


Harry and Meghan smiled and she waved at William and Kate as they arrived in the abbey to take their seats.

The couple then chatted and laughed with his uncle, Prince Edward who was sitting next to them.


“I imagine everybody will be on absolutely best behaviour,” royal biographer Penny Junor told Reuters.

“But goodness knows what they will all be thinking privately.”


The January agreement, which comes into action at the end of the month, will see the couple – the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – seek to carve out “a progressive new role,” mainly based in North America, that they aim to finance themselves.

Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, will stop using their HRH titles – His or Her Royal Highness, will not use “royal” in their branding and Harry, who will remain a prince, will relinquish his military titles.


Their announcement two months ago that they wished to step back from some of their royal duties sent shockwaves through the monarchy.

It led to a crisis meeting involving the 93-year-old queen, her heir Charles, William and Harry that concluded he and Meghan would have to give up all their royal duties.


The couple has spent most of their time in Canada but returned at the start of the month for a farewell round of engagements.

Harry and Meghan’s son Archie has remained behind in Canada.


Monday’s event to mark Commonwealth Day is their last official royal appearance and comes less than two years since they married in a dazzling ceremony of pomp and pageantry watched by millions worldwide.

There is no certainty about when the family will next be seen together.

“Our hope was to continue serving the queen, the Commonwealth, and my military associations without public funding.

Sadly that wasn’t possible,” the prince, the sixth-in-line to the throne, said in a speech in January.


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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle arrive Mountbatten Festival of Music in London. {Photos}


The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived at the Mountbatten Festival of Music in London tonight as they continue their final round of royal duties.

The couple, who will officially step down as senior members of the royal family on March 31, have been embarking on a series of engagements over the past days.

Prince Harry arrived at the Royal Albert Hall in his dress uniform since he is attending the event in his role as Captain General of the Royal Marines. Meghan coordinated with him as she wore a red dress, red shoes and a red purse.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive Mountbatten festival (photos)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive Mountbatten festival (photos)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive Mountbatten festival (photos)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive Mountbatten festival (photos)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive Mountbatten festival (photos)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive Mountbatten festival (photos)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive Mountbatten festival (photos)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive Mountbatten festival (photos)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive Mountbatten festival (photos)


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Just call me by my name – Harry drops ‘prince’ status


The duke of Sussex has asked to be addressed simply as “Harry” — ahead of March 31, when he and Meghan Markle, his wife, will officially split from the royal family.

Harry was speaking on Wednesday at the Travalyst event at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre in Scotland, a country in the United Kingdom, while embarking on his final round of engagements as a senior working royal.

During the launch of the eco-friendly travel agent firm, he asked to be addressed by his name rather than his royal title.


“He’s made it clear that we are all just to call him Harry. So ladies and gentlemen, please give a big, warm, Scottish welcome to Harry,” Ayesha Hazarika, the event host, said while inviting him to the stage.

The 35-year-old’s speech dwelt largely on how to rejig global tourism while canvassing the need to emulate the Scotland model.


“Scotland is one of the fastest growing tourism destinations worldwide and it’s at the forefront of a more sustainable approach, which is why your insight into these issues is so incredibly valuable,” he said.

This will be the first time Harry will be visiting the UK after leaving for Canada on January 20, following a summit with the Queen.

The duke of Sussex and his wife will be officially stepping down from their royal duties in less than five weeks.

Meghan had recently argued that there was “nothing legally stopping” them from using their Sussex royal name.


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Meghan says there is nothing stopping use of royalty despite ban


Meghan Markle has reportedly said there is “nothing legally stopping” her and Prince Harry, her husband, from using their Sussex royal name, despite the Queen’s ban.


The 38-year-old complained to her friends that using royal title even after quitting their position should not raise eyebrows. N.Rs learnt

“It shouldn’t even be an issue in the first place and it’s not like they want to be in the business of selling T-shirts and pencils,” the news outlet quoted an insider as saying.


“Meghan said she’s done with the drama and has no room in her life for naysayers, and the same goes for Harry.”

A spokesman to the couple had on Wednesday disclosed that the duke and duchess of Sussex will no longer carry out duties on behalf of the Queen as from March 31.


It was also gathered that the Queen and senior officials had ruled that the couple cannot use the word “royal” in their “branding”, despite reports they have spent a huge amount of money on website and trademark applications.

The development, Meghan reportedly said, was unnecessary given their plans were majorly to protect the royal name, not profit-oriented.


“Meghan said the global projects they are working on speak for themselves and they chose that name to protect the royal name, not profit off of it,” the friend was quoted as saying.

“Meghan said the name of their brand pales in comparison to the foundation they are building and the enormously positive impact it will have on people and the environment.”


The insider, however, quoted Meghan as saying that regardless of the ban, they would succeed outside the royal family.

“Meghan has told her inner circle that their success is inevitable with or without their current brand name,” the insider was quoted as saying.

“She said regardless of the name, Harry and Archie have royal blood and no one can take that away. And that as a family, they will always be considered royalty. She said they know what their true intentions are and that’s all that matters.

“They are creating a better world for Archie. And it’s Archie who keeps them focused on the big picture.”


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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle keeps finding more security at canada


The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have increased security at their home in Canada, according to reports.

Prince Harry and Meghan’s rented mansion in North Saanich, Vancouver Island, has a new security camera along the beach, plus a tarpaulin hanging between two trees, TMZ has claimed. The Mille Fleurs mansion, worth £10 million, also has a large white tarpaulin covering the metal gates and “No Trespassing” signs.


The couple – along with their son Archie – are living in Canada as they prepare to drop their HRH titles and quit the monarchy for a life of personal and financial freedom. The family-of-three will now split their time between the UK and North America. In one of his final engagements before flying to Canada last month, Harry told guests at a charity dinner for Sentebale that the UK will always be his home and that he and Meghan had hoped to serve the Queen and country.

“The UK is my home and a place that I love. That will never change,” he said. “I have grown up feeling support from so many of you, and I watched as you welcomed Meghan with open arms as you saw me find the love and happiness that I had hoped for all my life.” He continued: “I will continue to be the same man who holds his country dear and dedicates his life to supporting the causes, charities and military communities that are so important to me. Together, you have given me an education about living. And this role has taught me more about what is right and just than I could have ever imagined. We are taking a leap of faith – thank you for giving me the courage to take this next step.”

Buckingham Palace previously said the Sussexes’ new life away from royal duties will begin in the spring of this year. Royal watchers will be waiting to see whether the pair, who are president and vice-president of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, will put in an appearance at the annual Commonwealth Day service with the royal family at Westminster Abbey in London on 9 March.


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Madonna has an offer for Prince Harry, Meghan Markle {Video}


Madonna has offered to sublet her New York apartment to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle so they don’t have to stay in “boring” Canada.

In a video shared online, the 61-year-old singer is seen addressing the Duke and Duchess of Sussex while sitting in front of her dressing room mirror.


She said: “Harry, don’t run off to Canada. It’s so boring there.”

She added: “I’ll let them sub-let my apartment in Central Park West. It’s [got] two bedrooms, it’s got the best view of Manhattan, an incredible balcony. I think that’s gonna be a winner, that’s gonna be the deal-breaker. Buckingham Palace has got nothing on CPW.

“The view is better, that’s for sure.”

As a man giggled in the background, Madonna added: “Yeah, a bunch of guys in woolly hats.”

Sharing the video to Instagram, she wrote: “Do Megan and Prince Harry want to sublet my apartment on Central Park West??”

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Queen Elizabeth’s First Public Engagements Announced ..


Queen Elizabeth II is back at work following her winter stay at Sandringham estate in Norfolk.
The 93-year-old had to cancel her annual tea time with the local Women’s Institute near the famed estate last week due to a cold, but she seems to be on the mend and ready to continue in her first official engagements of the new year.

For starters, the queen is expected to visit RAF Marham in King’s Lynn on Monday, Feb. 3 and will serve as Honorary Air Commodore of the station, according to People magazine.


She will also be in attendance Wednesday for the opening of the new Wolferton Pumping Station, designed to keep the immediate area from flooding.

Per People, the monarch traditionally completes her annual stay at the estate on Feb. 6 – the date her father King George VI died in 1952 and she took the helm.


Despite the queen not making any official public appearances yet this year, she has been spotted many times attending church and has certainly maintained a busy agenda due to recent events surrounding the royal family.

In November, the queen had to deal with the fallout from son Prince Andrew’s disgrace from his connection to convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, and it’s recently been revealed that Andrew, 59, has “provided zero cooperation” with federal investigators as they continue their probe into Epstein after Andrew publicly vowed that he would.

Additionally, the queen’s grandson Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, shocked the world this month when they announced that they would be stepping back as senior members of the royal family.

The announcement led to an emergency summit between Harry, his father Prince Charles and brother Prince William to address the matter, and ultimately the queen allowed her grandson and Markle to split their time between the U.K. and Canada as they desired.


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Thomas Markle speaks on plan Meghan cooked to ruin Royal family


Meghan Markle’s estranged father Thomas Markle has accused her and Prince Harry of turning the royal family into “a Walmart with a crown on it” as they prepare to venture outside of the monarchy and take on new job opportunities.

Thomas Markle made the comments in a new documentary, Thomas Markle: My Story, that aired Wednesday night on the U.K.’s Channel 5.

He said: “This is one of the greatest long-living institutions ever. They’re destroying it. They’re keeping it… they’re making it shabby. They’re turning it into a Walmart with a crown on it now. It’s something that’s ridiculous. They shouldn’t be doing this.”


Meghan and Harry and have agreed to step down as senior members of the royal family in a bid to live a more private life. The couple say they will become financially independent, with experts linking them to multi-million dollar deals similar to the Obamas’ deal with Netflix.

Thomas Markle was interviewed at his home in Mexico for the Channel 5 documentary following the news earlier this month that Harry and Meghan were planning to leave their senior royal roles and split their time between North America and the U.K.


The Duchess of Sussex’s father said: “Every young girl wants to become a princess and she got that and now she’s tossing that away … it looks like she’s tossing that away for money.

“Apparently three million dollars and a 26-bedroom home isn’t enough for them. It’s kind of embarrassing to me.”


Thomas Markle added: “I miss Meghan. I miss who she was, I don’t know who she is now. That’s the problem.”

Meghan’s father made headlines in 2018 ahead of her wedding to Harry when he admitted staging paparazzi photographs for money.


Thomas Markle was expected to attend to attend the wedding and give Meghan away but ultimately missed the nuptials, claiming he was recovering from heart surgery.

In February 2019, the U.K.’s Mail on Sunday newspaper published excerpts of a letter Meghan wrote to her father in the months after her wedding, prompting the Sussexes to sue the tabloid and its publisher Associated Newspapers for misuse of private information, copyright infringement and a breach of the U.K.’s Data Protection Act.

In a legal filing with the high court in London earlier this month, the Mail on Sunday defended publishing parts of the letter, saying there is “huge and legitimate public interest” in the personal lives of the royal family.

According to the BBC, Sky News and The Guardian, the newspaper’s defense appears to rely heavily on evidence from Thomas Markle, prompting speculation he could testify against Meghan and Harry if the lawsuit reaches trial.

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Queen Elizabeth’s note about Prince Harry, Meghan Markle’s exit


Following an exit announcement from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from their royal duties as ‘Duke and Duchess of Sussex’, the British Premier Queen Elizabeth released a statement at the Buckingham Palace on Saturday.

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan had earlier announced last week that they will no longer be working members of Britain’s royal family and they will not use their “royal highness” titles as they embark on a more independent future.


Read Queen Elizabeth’s statement below:

“Following many months of conversations and more recent discussions, I am pleased that together we have found a constructive and supportive way forward for my grandson and his family.


Harry, Meghan, and Archie will always be much-loved members of my family.

I recognize the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.

Queen Elizabeth | Meghan Markle | Prince Harry


I want to thank them for all their dedicated work across this country, the Commonwealth and beyond, and I am particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family.

It is my whole family’s hope that today’s agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life.”


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Prince Harry, Meghan stripped of Royal honors, set to begin new life


Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will no longer be working members of Britain’s monarchy and they will pay their own way in life as they embark on an independent future, Buckingham Palace said on Saturday.

They will also no longer use their “Royal Highness” titles, the palace said in an announcement that sought to end turmoil in the monarchy sparked earlier this month when the couple announced they wanted to reduce their official duties and spend more time in North America.


The queen and senior family members met last week to discuss the situation and have been in “constructive and friendly” discussions with officials on how this stepping back would work in practice for Harry, 35, and his American wife, former actress Meghan, 38.

“Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family,” Queen Elizabeth said in a statement issued by the palace, referring to the couple’s baby son.


“I recognize the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.”

The queen said she was “particularly proud” of how quickly Meghan had become one of the family. The couple married in May 2018 in a lavish ceremony at her home in Windsor Castle, west of London in front of a global TV audience of millions.


Harry will remain a prince and the couple will keep their titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex as they begin a new life split between North America and Britain, but they will not take part in any future ceremonial events or royal tours.

The Statements by Queen Elizabeth and Buckingham Palace:


Statement from HM The Queen.
Following many months of conversations and more recent discussions, I am pleased that together we have found a constructive and supportive way forward for my grandson and his family.

Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family.


I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.

I want to thank them for all their dedicated work across this country, the Commonwealth and beyond, and am particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family.


It is my whole family’s hope that today’s agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life.

Statement from Buckingham Palace
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are grateful to Her Majesty and the Royal Family for their ongoing support as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.


As agreed in this new arrangement, they understand that they are required to step back from Royal duties, including official military appointments. They will no longer receive public funds for Royal duties.

With The Queen’s blessing, the Sussexes will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations. While they can no longer formally represent The Queen, the Sussexes have made clear that everything they do will continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty.


The Sussexes will not use their HRH titles as they are no longer working members of the Royal Family.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shared their wish to repay Sovereign Grant expenditure for the refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage, which will remain their UK family Markle

Prince Harry & Meghan Markle


Buckingham Palace does not comment on the details of security arrangements. There are well established independent processes to determine the need for publicly-funded security.

This new model will take effect in the Spring of 2020.


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Moments Meghan Shocked the Royal traditions


Following the recent change in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal duties, a critical review of the couple’s adherence to British Royal traditions shows their rebellious yet subtle decisions to take their stand.

Since the start of her relationship with Prince Harry, Meghan Markle has made a point of doing things her way.

While Prince Williams and Kate Middleton adhere to the Queen’s strict rules and etiquette, the former Suits star and her husband prefer to create their path and rules adding a modern twist to the monarch.

Here are some of the moments the Duchess of Sussex ditched the Royal protocols.


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Update: Meghan & Prince Harry Gets Queen Elizabeth’s Support


British Queen Elizabeth has released a statement supportive of the decision of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s announcement they would be stepping back from their senior royal duties.

The Queen made her decision known after what was said to be a crunch talk with Prince Harry today.

The meeting was not a tempest as speculated. At the end of the day, the Queen’s statement was not what some Harry-Meghan haters wish, as it showed empathy, support and understanding for the couple.


According to the statement, the Royal Family is “entirely supportive” of the couple’s “desire to create a new life as a young family.”

“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 wrote.

Full statement below;


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