The Queen organized “very constructive discussions” at Sandringham House yesterday, focusing on the future of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. But she has already pointed out that her probable change of status will not prevent her from fulfilling her duty as a monarch.
This morning, the Queen’s press office revealed that the monarch had extended an invitation for a state visit to the Japanese Emperor and Empress.
And, as announced, they accepted the trip and will travel to the UK in the spring.
The statement read: “Her Majesties, the Emperor and the Empress of Japan, accepted an invitation from Her Majesty the Queen to make a State Visit to the United Kingdom in the spring of 2020.
“His Majesties, the Emperor and the Empress (Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako) will stay at Windsor Castle.”
Almost three decades later, in 1998, the parents of the current emperor, Akihito and Michiko, who resigned as heads of state in May last year, made another state visit.
The now emperor emeritus and empress emeritus made two more visits to the queen, in 2007 and 2012.
The Queen only traveled to Japan for a state visit, in May 1975, with Prince Philip by her side.
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This announcement comes only a few hours after the Queen informed fans and real commentators about the outcome of her summit in Sandringham, attended by Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry.
It is believed that the Duchess of Sussex attended part of the meeting by calling from Canada, where she returned on Thursday.
After the end of the summit, which is believed to have started at approximately 2 p.m., the Queen announced that progress has been made, but there are still “complex issues” to resolve.
The statement said: “Today my family had very constructive discussions about the future of my grandson and his family.
“My family and I fully support 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 desire to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valuable part of my family.
“Harry and Meghan have made it clear that they don’t want to depend on public funds in their new lives.
“Therefore, it was agreed that there will be a transition period in which the Sussex will spend time in Canada and the United Kingdom.
“These are complex issues that my family must solve, and there is still work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be made in the next few days.”
The meeting was convened after Meghan and Harry announced their intention to retire as royalty members.
According to a statement released on Wednesday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex want to be financially independent and stop being royals who work full time.
This new state could allow them to pursue private projects and live between North America and the United Kingdom.