Queen's 'Remarkably' Personal Statement on Prince Harry And Meghan Markle's Future Shows Her Concern, Says Royal Historian

The Queen's "remarkably" personal statement about the future of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in the Royal Family shows how concerned she is about the couple, a royal historian has said.

The monarch issued the statement following "very constructive" talks with Harry, Prince William and Prince Charles at her Sandringham estate in Norfolk, U.K.—days after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex revealed they wanted to "step back" from their roles as senior royals.

In the statement, the Queen made several references to "my family" and also referred to the couple as simply Harry and Meghan instead of using their formal titles.

Robert Lacey, who acts as a historical consultant on Netflix's The Crown, told the BBC Radio 4's PM program that the Queen's statement was "her speaking to her people about her family."

"I am struck by the incredibly personal tone of this. I can't recall a statement from Buckingham Palace with so many 'my family' and 'my grandson,' 'my family and I,' 'I have asked for decisions to be made in the coming days'," he said.

He said: "It is remarkably hands-on. I mean it may have been processed through officials but this is the Queen, speaking to her people and speaking about her family, and I think coming right through it is the concern she feels."

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Royal commentator Victoria Arbiter said the statement shows the Queen was "writing as a grandmother" and shows how concerned she is about her family.

"I think it was probably a much more personal statement than anyone would have anticipated," she told CTV. "Normally when we hear from Buckingham Palace, in particular, the Queen, there's a sense of formality about anything that comes out.

"But I was very much struck by the use of Harry and Meghan's first names versus their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex."

She added: "This was the Queen writing as a grandmother. She was very much trying to indicate to everybody that yes, while the constitution of the monarchy is very much at the forefront of her mind, she is also very concerned about the welfare of her family."

Arbiter added that the use of Harry and Meghan's first names could indicate that the couple are going to be "private citizens at the end of all of this."

Victoria Howard, a royal expert and historian, also noted that the statement was "more personal" than usual. "Statement from The Queen about today's Sandringham summit is expectedly vague.... is certainly more personal than statements we are used to, however," she tweeted.

Lacey, Arbiter and Howard have been contacted for additional comment.

In her statement, the Queen said she was supportive of their "desire to create a new life as a young family," but admitted she would have "preferred" them to remain full-time working royals.

"Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family," the statement said.

"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."

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Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex watch a flypast to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018. Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

The Queen also said she she had agreed to a "period of transition" in which Harry and Meghan will spend time in Canada as well as the U.K. after the couple said they wanted to become financially independent.

"Harry and Meghan have made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives," the Queen's statement added.

"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."

Monday's "Sandringham summit" was the first time Harry came face to face with his grandmother since he and Meghan took the Royal Family by surprise when they announced they intended to quit their roles as senior royals.

"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," the couple said in their statement last week.

"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."