Following Prince Harry and Meghan Markles announcement to step back as senior level, royal members of the family, Prince William has growing concern over his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth's, stress level per source. While the Queen has been through quite a bit over her years in that position, the last few months have been quite stressful in regards to the royal family not only because of Harry and Meghan's decision, but Prince Philip's health, as well as, Prince Andrew stepping down.
"He's worried about the Queen's stress level too," a source revealed to Closer Weekly. "While we all know Elizabeth is an incredibly strong woman who's been through her fair share of royal scandals, she's 93 years old. Prince Philip's incredibly sick and [Prince] Andrew only stepped down a month ago over the Epstein scandal and now this."
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex broke the news via Instagram that not only shocked the world, but allegedly the royal family as well.
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"After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as 'senior' members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support." - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image PA
"The Queen had an inkling that Harry and Meghan wanted to move to Canada," the insider said. "Harry did mention it to her but nothing was confirmed. The couple released the statement before having a full-on, sit-down discussion with the queen about their future."
The Queen did make a statement earlier today following a sitdown conference call that took place between Harry, the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William. It's being said that the family held a meeting today to discuss logistics of how exactly Harry and Markle will exit their roles. While nothing has been confirmed just yet, the Queen did request a decision be made in a matter of days rather than weeks.
"Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family," the statement started. "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."
The statement continued to say that "Harry and Meghan have made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives" and that the family has agreed to the transition they will endure living both in the U.K. and Canada. She did refer to the situation as "complex matters" but has requested that a final decision "be reached in the coming days."
It's also been reported that Prince William has made his feelings known behind closed doors, but is not considered to be an official statement.