The Queen has spoken!
Queen Elizabeth has confirmed details of an agreement between herself and Harry and Meghan, who had — in a shock statement — expressed a desire to step down as senior royals.
According to a new statement from the Queen, Harry and Meghan will step back from royal duties (including military appointments), and will not receive any more public funds for royal duties. They will hang on to their private patronages and associations, but can no longer officially represent the Queen.
Still, the Queen's statement is loving, beginning, "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 they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life," she continues, going on to say, "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."
In closing, the Queen asserts, "It is my whole family’s hope that today’s agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life."
Most interestingly, Harry and Meghan will give up their His Royal Highness and Her Royal Highness titles — and will repay all funds used to refurbish their home, Frogmore Cottage, which is where they will continue to live when in the UK.
The Palace has not and will not comment on security arrangements.
All of these big changes will take place in the spring.