“In the end, the Sussexes decided it wasn’t necessary for the duchess to join,” the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the issue publicly.
At the conclusion of Monday’s talks with princes Harry, William and Charles, Queen Elizabeth II released a statement expressing reluctance but also support for Harry and Meghan’s desire to step away from royal duties. The queen said the family had agreed to a “period of transition” during which her grandson and his wife would split their time between Canada and Britain.
She added that there is more work to be done on the “complex matters” for the family to decide.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Tuesday that he was "absolutely confident" that the royal family would find a solution.
“My view on this is very straightforward: I am a massive fan, like most of our viewers, of the queen and the royal family as a fantastic asset for our country,” Johnson said on a BBC morning show.
He added that the family would sort it out “more easily” without running “commentary from politicians.”
But politicians are being asked to weigh in on Megxit — as the royal couple’s move is being called — partly because of the global attention but also because of the implications for taxpayers.
Harry and Meghan have said they want to be “financially independent” while continuing to support the queen, but the royal family appears to be hammering out how that would actually work.
As full-time working senior royals, Harry and Meghan have been entitled to round-the-clock protection from a specialist unit within the London Metropolitan police. But family members who are not as actively involved in royal duties are not entitled to such protection. If Harry and Meghan are “stepping back,” will they still receive the same level of protection? And if they are living in Canada, who should foot the bill?
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told Global News on Monday that there would be “many discussions to come” on how arrangements with the royals would work.
“Most Canadians are very supportive of having royals be here,” Trudeau said. “But how that looks and what kind of cost is involved — there are still lots of discussions to have.”
The British media, meanwhile, continued to mull over the queen’s statement.
Usually, the royal family’s statements come from the palace or a spokesperson, so one from her majesty herself is quite rare.
In the statement, the queen referred to Harry as her “grandson” and also first referenced the couple as Harry and Meghan, raising questions about whether they would be allowed to keep their royal titles. When Diana, Princess of Wales, and Sarah, the Duchess of York, divorced their royal spouses, they lost the “Her Royal Highness” portion of their titles.
The queen said she wanted all parties to reach a speedy resolution.
She conceded that these are “complex matters,” but stressed that she had “asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days.”