Queen Elizabeth Approves “New Life” for Harry and Meghan
No shots were fired at the Sandringham estate on Monday. At this time of the year, the Queen organizes hunting parties for her guests on the 8100 hectares of the private Norfolk estate acquired by his great-great-grandfather in 1862. At the start of the week, between lunch time and tea time , Elizabeth Windsor, 93 years old, had turned his schedule upside down for a summit meeting in eastern England. “Mam” had summoned his two successors , his son, Prince Charles, and his grandson, Prince William, as well as Prince Harry, more never torn between his royal obligations, his affection for his grandmother and his wife, Meghan Markle.
According to a press release published by Buckingham Palace shortly after 17 hours (London time), after three hours of exchanges, the discussions were “constructive” . “My family and I fully support Harry and Meghan's desire to start a new life as young parents. Although we would have preferred that they devote all their time to royal obligations, we understand and respect their desire to live more independently (…). Harry and Meghan left no doubt that they did not want to be dependent on public funds in their new life “, said the Queen in the same written statement.
Elizabeth II also indicated that the couple would begin a period called “transition” during which they would share between Canada and the United Kingdom. “There are still complex problems to be resolved, added the Queen again. There is still work to be done but I asked that we come to decisions final in the coming days. ”
Rumors of tension between Harry and William
After the shock and the “sadness” caused by the abrupt announcement made by Harry and Meghan last Wednesday, the time for conciliation has come. Is it the bucolic setting and the calm of the library, the Long Library so familiar to the two princes, which had a calming effect on William, destined to ascend the throne of England, and Harry, sixth in the order of succession? Or maybe the fear of seeing the crisis worsen and become a soap opera which the whole world would have enjoyed? If the Windsor had been adamant, the couple would have been tempted to give a shock interview to the American interviewer Oprah Winfrey . According to journalist Tom Bradby , friend of William and Harry, the source of this information, the duke and duchess were ready to denounce “racism and sexism” of the royal family on the Oprah plateau.
TO 93 years old, strong from her experience and mistakes from the past, the queen preferred to play the appeasement and lay the foundations of a friendly distance between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – or rather “Harry and Meghan” as she affectionately calls them in her press release – and the rest of the family.
According to the Daily Mail, the former American actress even confided to Harry: “It doesn't work for me”
Articles published in the British press the same day also gave food for thought for Harry and William. On Monday morning, the Times added fuel to the fire. The newspaper said that Meghan held William, her brother-in-law, responsible for the departure of the young couple across the Atlantic. The eldest son of Charles and Diana, 37 years, would have behaved in ” tyrant ” towards them. According to the Daily Mail , after a long Christmas vacation spent in Canada, far from the Windsor, the ex-American actress even told Harry: “It doesn't work for me.”
Before the family reunion, in a press release, William and Harry denied the facts reported by the media . “A false story was published in the British press today based on speculation about the relationship between the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex. As brothers who care about issues related to mental health issues, we believe that the use of inflammatory words is hurtful and potentially harmful ”, the two brothers responded in unison.
Despite the Queen's positive attitude towards the exit of Harry and Meghan, the independence granted by the crown to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex raise complex questions which n were not resolved on Monday – like Brexit.