Queen Elizabeth Now 'Supportive' of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Decision to 'Step Back' From Royal Duties

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The summit senior British royals had Monday regarding Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s bombshell decision to “step back” from their royal duties was "constructive," Queen Elizabeth II said. 

The queen granted the couple's wish of a more financially independent life and is behind their wish to split their time between the U.K. and North America. The family met at the queen’s Sandringham estate, and Meghan video-conferenced in from Canada, according to reports.

"My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan's desire to create a new life as a young family,'' the queen said in a statement. "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.''

Many news sites had reported that the royal family was blindsided by Harry and Meghan’s announcement, which was posted last week to their Instagram.