Queen Elizabeth II & the royal family react to Prince Harry & Meghan Markle's exit


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Queen Elizabeth II has broken her silence about the announcement that Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, are choosing to step away as senior members of the royal family. The monarch called for a family meeting with her son, Prince Charles, and two of her grandchildren, Prince Harry and Prince William, on Monday, January 13, to go over the details about the next steps for the duke and his family's new life. 

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In a statement released by Buckingham Palace, the queen responded and agreed to the couple's request to not only step away from their roles within the family, but also for their decision to spend more time in North America. Meanwhile, a palace insider says he has never seen the monarchy in such a "bad" state. 

Queen Elizabeth released a statement regarding the couple's exit.

Queen Elizabeth released a statement regarding the couple's exit.

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Buckingham Palace released a statement on Monday, January 13, following the meeting. "Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family," the statement read. "My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’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. Harry and Meghan have made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives. It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK. These are complex matters for my family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days."

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Members of the royal family met to discuss the duke and duchess's future.

Members of the royal family met to discuss the duke and duchess's future.

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Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince Harry met on Monday, January 13 at Sandringham Estate to discuss the future of the couple's family as they step away from their senior member roles in the royal family. 

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Prince William and Prince Harry addressed reports that there was a rift between them.

Prince William and Prince Harry addressed reports that there was a rift between them.

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It was reported that the family had been blindsided by the news, with the queen learning about their decision just minutes before the announcement. Another report from Us Weekly claimed that a source said that Prince William was disappointed in his younger brother, calling his actions "reckless" and "selfish" and that his wife, Kate Middleton, was also "hurt" by their decision. The brothers dismissed other similar reports, like one from The Times in the UK that said the couple was leaving the family over "bullying." The princes released a statement on January 13, after meeting, saying: "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."

A palace source claims they have never seen things so "bad" inside the royal family.

A palace source claims they have never seen things so

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The source claimed the queen and the rest of the family found out about their departure at the same time the public did. “I have never seen the monarchy in such a bad state,” a palace insider told The Mail on Sunday. "Despite the traditional setting, the Queen is understood to have read the announcement on an iPad before watching coverage as broadcasters revealed the shock announcement to the country."