Boris Johnson refuses to comment on 'royal showdown'

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday (local time) he would not comment on a crisis in the royal family triggered by Prince Harry and Meghan's announcement that they would step back from royal duties.

When asked if it was a sad situation for Queen Elizabeth, Johnson said, "I don’t comment on stuff to do with the royal family".

Queen Elizabeth has given her blessing to grandson Prince Harry and his wife Meghan's wish for a more independent future following crisis talks involving the most senior members of the royal family on Monday.

The head of state announced there would be a "period of transition" with Harry and Meghan - who have said they want to be financially independent and step back as senior royals - living in Canada and the UK.

Joining the Queen at Sandringham was Prince Charles - Prince of Wales - and Prince William - the Duke of Cambridge - for the face-to-face talks with Prince Harry.

The Queen has described the talks as "very constructive".

It is unusual for the Queen to issue a statement in her own name - when not paying condolences after the death of a foreign head of state or sympathising following a natural disaster or terrorist attack.

And the formal titles of the couple - the Duke and Duchess of Sussex - were not used by the monarch.

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