The Queen releases statement: "I'm proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family"

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The Queen has released a statement confirming that discussions surrounding the future of her grandson and his family have been resolved. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced earlier this month that they plan to step back as full-time working 'senior' royals and become financially independent.

Her Majesty confirmed via a statement released by Buckingham Palace, and shared to the Sussex Royal Instagram account, that they had "found a constructive and supportive way forward" for Harry, Meghan and baby Archie.

She also confirmed that the decision followed "many months of conversations" as well as "more recent discussions", clarifying that the announcement wasn't quite the 'bombshell' to the royal family that the tabloids made out.

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

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The Queen went on to acknowledge the "challenges" the couple have experienced as a result of "intense media scrutiny", before adding that she supports their wish for a "more independent life," and thanking them for all their dedicated work.

She then adds that she's "particularly proud of the way Meghan has so quickly become one of the family".

Meghan has spent this week in Vancouver with baby Archie while Prince Harry remained in the UK to attend official engagements and continue discussions with his family. Their new transition phase will involve dividing their time between Britain and Canada, where Meghan spent many years living while filming hit TV show Suits.

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It's now expected that Harry will fly out to Vancouver - where Meghan has already been meeting with local charities - to spend time with his family.

Read the Queen's full 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 recognise the challenges that they have experienced as a result of intense media 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 the way 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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