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What happens next after Queen releases statement on Meghan and Harry’s future

The Queen has issued a statement explaining that while she wishes Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were remaining full time royals, she "respects and understands" their wish to live a "more independent life as a family".

The Monarch's unusually personal update on her grandson and his wife followed crisis talks in Sandringham with Princes Charles and William.

She admits that there are still "complex matters" to be worked through, however says she hopes these will all be sorted by the end of the week.

So what does all this mean for our Royal Family, and what will happen next?

Harry will remain in the UK until at least Thursday, when he is due to host an event at Buckingham Palace.


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The Duke is set to host the Rugby League World Cup draw, an engagement that was set before the couple's bombshell announcement but that he is expected to honour.

It's believed that he could fly back to Canada to join Meghan and Harry shortly afterwards.

The Duchess returned after they announced their decision on Instagram , going undetected on the flight back to Toronto.

The couple left Archie in the country when they flew back to break the news, where he was looked after by his nanny and Meghan's best friend Jessica Mulroney.


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The couples two dogs – a beagle called guy and a black Labrador – are also thought to be with them.

Meghan and Harry have no further UK engagements in the calender after the rugby draw, which means we don't know when we'll see them officially again.

In her statement, the Queen confirmed that the Sussexes do plan to move to Canada – which is part of the Commonwealth – in the near future.

Although she didn't give an exact date she said they would move between the countries during a "period of transition".

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's carefully worded announcement last week had revealed their desire to split their time between Britain and North America – but it did not specifically name Canada. 


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American-born Meghan Markle considers the Ontario city of Toronto her adoptive home after being based there while she starred in popular US legal drama Suits.

She is said to have spent much of her early courtship with Harry there, and she has many friends in the city.

Meanwhile, it will be business as usual for the rest of the Royal Family.

Prince William and Kate are visiting Bradford on Wednesday to visit a number of different organisations and charities.

Next week they're also hosting a reception at Buckingham Palace on behalf of the Queen to mark the UK-Africa Investment Summit.


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The Queen is set to stay in Sandringham, as she does every year, until the start of February. She remains at her Norfolk home to mark the anniversary of her father's death before heading back to London.

There are still a lot of unanswered questions about Meghan and Harry's future roles within the Royal Family, including whether they will keep their HRH titles.

Our royal editor Russell Myers believes the Queen's statement included a huge clue that the couple may decided to give up or be stripped of their titles.

He said: "It really is quite remarkable to see the Queen referring to Meghan and Harry by their first names rather than as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

"Official titles are always used on official statements, so this is highly unusual.

"This could be a huge hint about Meghan and Harry's future within the royal family, and it could even suggest that they may give up or lose their HRH titles."

The couple's son Archie doesn't have a HRH title, and at seventh in line to the throne he's the most senior royal without one.

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