Queen Elizabeth II has expressed her full support for Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex as they prepare to "live a more independent life" with their infant son in Canada.

The royal couple stunned the world when they announced their plan to "step back" from their royal duties and "transition" to a "progressive" new life.

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The Queen is allowing the couple to keep their son, Archie, who is legally the property of the monarch.

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Rumor has it that the couple was advised by Barack and Michelle Obama, seen here with the royals at Kensington Palace in 2016.

The Queen issued a rare statement about personal family matters on Monday, Jan. 13, according to The Queen said Harry and Meghan won't rely on British taxpayers to fund their new lifestyle.

The statement followed a two-hour summit at her royal residence Sandringham Estate, where she sat down with Harry, his brother Prince William, and their dad, heir to the throne Prince Charles, to discuss the couple's next steps.

Meghan joined the meeting via CCTV from Vancouver where she is staying with her 8-month-old son, Archie.


In her statement, the Queen said, "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," the statement continues. "It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition, in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the U.K.

Harry, the son of Prince Charles and his late ex-wife, Diana, Princess of Wales, is sixth in line to the throne.

He and Meghan wed in May 2018.

The following video about Meghan is making the rounds on social media in London.