But last week, Queen Elizabeth II was apparently just as surprised as the rest of the world when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced on Instagram their monumental plan to “step back” from their roles in the monarchy and transition to part-time, financially independent royals. Whether or not the reports that Elton John learned about Megxit before Her Majesty are true, the monarch made no attempt to hide her shock and displeasure at the news; within hours, she’d released a two-sentence statement that essentially dismissed the couple’s plans as both immature and premature.
In the meantime, each will no doubt enjoy more time in the spotlight—including Prince William, who was apparently so rattled by reports that he’d been “bullying” Harry that the pair came together to release a statement. (“For brothers who care so deeply about the issues surrounding mental health, the use of inflammatory language in this way is offensive and potentially harmful,” it read in part. ) Meanwhile, the Queen is being watched more closely than ever, making headlines for everything from skipping out on wearing a seatbelt to stepping out wearing a hearing aid.
From the look of her latest, substantially lengthier statement, the Queen has slightly softened on the matter. “My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family,” she wrote. “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. ” (Note the use of “my,” not “our.
As predicted, the Queen did indeed convene a family summit at her country home in Sandringham to discuss their fate. “Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family,” the Queen said in a statement released shortly after the two-and-a-half hour discussion, whose participants included Prince Harry and Prince William.
Everything we know about the latest Megxit update, here. https://t.co/HOUBIuWJA9— W Magazine (@wmag) January 13, 2020