PM ‘absolutely confident’ that Royals will resolve Sussex crisis

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Boris Johnson has said he is “absolutely confident” that the uncertainty surrounding the future roles of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be “sorted out” by the Royal Family.

“I’m a massive fan certainly of the Queen and of the Royal Family as a fantastic asset for our country,” he told the BBC’s Dan Walker.

The Prime Minister added: “I’m absolutely confident that they are going to sort this out and do you know what? I think they are probably going to be able to sort it out all the easier without any particular commentary from me.”

It comes after the Queen issued a statement last night saying she and the rest of the family are “entirely supportive” of the couple’s wish to step back from senior royal duties.

Following yesterday’s so-called Sandringham Summit, Her Majesty wrote: “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.”

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also want to become “financially independent” and balance their time between the UK and North America.

The Queen indicated that in the meantime there will be a “period of transition” in which Harry and Meghan will spend some time in Canada.

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau told the media that he believes most of his country would be “very supportive” of having the couple move there.

However, he added that there were “still lots of discussions to have” after questions were raised over the funding of the round-the-clock royal protection that would be required.

The Queen said she has asked for “final decisions to be reached in the coming days”.

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