The Queen has singled out Meghan for praise as the future of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex was confirmed, saying she is “particularly proud” of how quickly the former actress has “become one of the family”.
In a statement on Saturday, the monarch unusually used the first names of her grandson Prince Harry, his wife and his young son Archie, saying they “will always be much loved members of my family”.
“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,” the Queen said.
“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.”
The Queen and Meghan have previously appeared to have had a good relationship when appearing in public together.
They shared a giggle as they opened the Mersey Gateway bridge in their first official engagement in June 2018.
Meghan appeared at ease with the Queen as they sat together during the ceremony and appeared to share a joke, with the duchess giggling heartily in response to her grandmother-in-law’s comments.
On Saturday, Buckingham Palace confirmed Harry and Meghan will lose royal funds and no longer use their HRH titles from the Spring following their request to “step back” from their position as senior royals.
The couple will be known as Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.
They will also repay £2.4m of taxpayers’ money spent on renovating their Berkshire home – Frogmore Cottage – as they divide their time between Canada and the UK.
Harry and Meghan had wanted to remain as working royals, although not prominent members, and become financially independent – a dual role many commentators said was fraught with problems.
The Queen had previously said she was “entirely supportive” of the couple’s “desire to create a new life as a young family” following talks on their future at Sandringham earlier this week.
She added: “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.”
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