No shots were fired at the Sandringham estate on Monday. At this time of year, the Queen organizes hunting parties for her guests on the 8,100 hectares of the private Norfolk estate acquired by her great-great-grandfather in 1862. At the start of this week, between l lunch time and tea time, 93-year-old Elizabeth Windsor had turned her schedule upside down for a summit meeting in the east of England. "Mam" had summoned his two successors, his son, Prince Charles, and his grandson, Prince William, as well as Prince Harry, more than ever torn between his royal obligations, his affection for his grandmother and his wife, Meghan Markle.
According to a statement released by Buckingham Palace shortly after 5 p.m. (London time), after three hours of talks, 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 lives. ", said the queen in the same written statement.
Elizabeth II also said the couple would begin a so-called "transition" during which it would be shared between Canada and the United Kingdom. "There are complex problems to be resolved, added the queen again. There is still work to be done but I have asked that we reach final decisions 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, now is the time for conciliation. 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 perhaps 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 American interviewer Oprah Winfrey. According to journalist Tom Bradby, friend of William and Harry, the source of the information, the duke and duchess were ready to denounce "Racism and sexism" of the royal family on the Oprah plateau.
At 93, drawing on her experience and the mistakes of the past, the Queen preferred to play the game of calm and lay the foundations for a friendly distancing between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – or rather "Harry and Meghan" as she lovingly calls them in her 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 provided food for thought for Harry and William. Monday morning, Times had poured oil on 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, is said to have behaved in "tyrant" towards them. According to Daily Mail, during a long Christmas vacation spent in Canada, far from the Windsor, the ex-actress of American nationality would have 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 regarding the relationship between the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex. As brothers who care about issues related to mental health issues, we find the use of inflammatory words hurtful and potentially harmful. ”, reacted in unison the two brothers.
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 were not resolved on Monday – like Brexit .
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