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Queen is 'entirely supportive' of Harry and Meghan's desire to live a more independent life

  • ITV Anglia's Kate Prout has been at Sandringham

The Queen has said she is "entirely supportive" of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's desire to live a more independent life.

Crisis talks were held at Sandringham today following last week's announcement that Harry and Meghan were "stepping down" as senior royals.

Her Majesty was joined by Prince Harry, Prince Charles and Prince William at her Norfolk estate and has said the family had "very constructive discussions" about plans for Harry and Meghan's future.

The Duchess flew to Canada a few days ago Credit: PA

In a statement issued by Buckingham Palace, the Queen said: "Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family.

"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.

"It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK.

"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 attending a morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham Credit: PA

The Duchess flew to Canada a few days ago and it's though she joined the crisis talks by phone.

Royal sources believe Prince William travelled to the estate in Norfolk from his Kensington Palace apartment and Harry from Frogmore Cottage near Windsor Castle.

Prince Charles was in Oman to attend a condolence ceremony following the death of Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said, and travelled back to the UK on Sunday evening.

The Queen attended church at Sandringham on Sunday and was pictured arriving for the service.