Queen Elizabeth II released a statement after the summit meeting held yesterday with Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry about Harry and Meghan's future. The meeting was a result of the announcement the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made via Instagram last Wednesday outlining their intentions to step back from their senior royal duties and "carve out a progressive new role" within the British royal family.
Queen Elizabeth II released a statement
The Queen's statement mentioned that there will be a "period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK." The 93-year-old monarch also stated, "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."
Who will pay for the Sussexes security?
The fact remains to be seen of who is going to be paying for the Duke and Duchess' security while in Canada. "These are complex matters for my family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days," the Queen mentioned in her statement. This tells us that they are still working out the logistics for who will be covering the costs of security for the family of three in Canada.
Justin Trudeau has spoken to the Queen
However, according to a report by the Evening Standard, the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has privately spoken to the Queen and assured her that Canada will help pay for the security measures needed. Although Finance Minister Morneau has gone on record to CBC News by saying, "No, we haven’t spent any time thinking about this issue. We obviously are always looking to make sure, as a member of the Commonwealth, we play a role. We have not had any discussions on that subject at this time."