LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday expressed confidence that members of the divided royalty would overcome their problems after the Queen reluctantly gave her blessing for Prince Harry and his wife Meghan They will abandon their functions.
FILE PHOTO: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets with the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen (not pictured) in London, Great Britain, on January 8, 2020. REUTERS / Henry Nicholls
After a family reunion about the future of her grandson and his American wife, Queen Isabel issued a rare and very personal statement agreeing to the change and saying that the final decisions should be resolved soon.
“I am a big fan of the queen and the royal family as a fantastic asset for our country,” Johnson told BBC television.
“I am absolutely certain that you are going to solve this, and you know what I think you can probably solve more easily without any particular comment from me on this.”
The real crisis was triggered when Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, publicly announced last week that they wanted to reduce real appointments and spend more time in North America.
The 93-year-old queen said the couple would now begin a “transition period” that would divide time between Britain and Canada, as they sought a more independent lifestyle and an end to dependence on public funds.
That was agreed after the family summit on Monday at his Sandringham estate, which was attended by Harry, his older brother, Prince William, and his father and heir to the British throne, Prince Charles.
“Although we would have preferred them to remain members of the royal family who work full time, we respect and understand their desire to live a more independent life as a family while still being a valuable part of my family,” said Elizabeth.
ECOS OF DIANA
Harry and Meghan have said they want a new “progressive” role for them and their financial independence, a model closer to other European royal families that have simpler lifestyles than their British counterparts.
As one of the most glamorous couples in the world, they have been irritated by intense media scrutiny, with Harry describing some coverage of Meghan as intimidation, similar to the treatment her mother, Princess Diana, suffered before her death in an accident. automobile in 1997.
Some observers have criticized the British media for racism in their coverage of Meghan, whose mother is African American and her father is white. However, British Interior Minister Priti Patel said on Monday she did not agree that the newspapers had been racist.
Meghan is currently in Canada with the couple’s son, Archie, and Harry is expected to join her later this week.
Details of how they intended to be financed, what real roles they would continue to play and who would pay and provide future security arrangements are still in the air.
The Republic campaign group, which wants to abolish the monarchy, estimates that it costs more than 100 million pounds ($ 130 million) a year to protect royalty. The monarchists respond that royalty members contribute more through additional tourism to Britain.
Currently, Harry and Meghan are funded primarily by the private property of their father’s Cornish Duchy, as they are prohibited from earning income themselves.
“These are complex issues that my family must resolve, and there is still a lot of work to do, but I have asked for final decisions to be made in the next few days,” said Elizabeth.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that most Canadians supported having royalty there.
“But what that looks like and what kind of costs are involved, there are still many discussions to have,” he told Global News in a television interview.
The rage for the couple, who married in May 2018 in a brilliant ceremony observed by millions of people around the world, comes after a harsh 2019 for the royal family.
Prince Andrew’s friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was subject to uncomfortable scrutiny, while the queen’s husband, Prince Felipe, 98, received a police warning about a car accident.
Additional reports by Guy Faulconbridge, Paul Sandle and Kate Holton; Edition by Andrew Cawthorne