Queen’s statement about Harry and Meghan ‘hints couple may lose royal titles’

Royal experts have claimed The Queen's emotional statement about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle hints the couple may lose their titles.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made the bombshell decision to step down as senior members of the Royal Family last week.

Prince Harry met with his gran, Prince Charles and Prince William at Sandringham yesterday to discuss their Royal future.

Following the talks, Her Majesty said she would “have preferred them to remain full-time working members of the Royal Family” but Meghan and Harry stood united to secure their exit.

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The Queen's statement referred to Harry and Meghan only by their first names, not their titles, and repeatedly mentions the word family.

Royal commentator Victoria Arbiter said the Queen referring to the couple by their first names could be a sign the couple will lose their Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles.

She tweeted: "I do think it was very striking, particularly in a statement from the Queen.

"Are they having to give up their titles?

"This would be an indication they are."

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In the emotionally-charged statement the Queen said: "Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family.

"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.

"Harry and Meghan have made clear they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives.

"It has therefore been agreed 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."

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Royal author Penny Junor told The Sun she thought the statement was a "positive" sign as it sounds "friendly and warm."

She said: "I think it's a positive statement.

"It sounds friendly and warm, the way the Queen talks about family so much.

"It read to me like a grandmother talking about the family.

"I think it will take the pressure off them. I think they're in a very vulnerable state at the moment.

"I think they're unhappy, they feel isolated and unloved, unappreciated and they needed careful handling."

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