The Queen Says She's Proud of Meghan Markle in Her Official Statement on "Megxit"

The Queen released a statement about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's exit from royal duties and said she's particularly proud of Meghan and how quickly she became part of the family.

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  • On Saturday, Buckingham Palace and the Queen released statements about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's exit (opens in new tab) from royal duties.
  • In the Queen's statement (opens in new tab), she stressed that the couple's decision was the "result of intense scrutiny over the last two years."
  • She also made it clear that she stands with both Harry and Meghan and made a point of expressing how proud she is of her granddaughter-in-law and how quickly she acclimated to the royal family.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's (opens in new tab) departure from working royal life is official.

On Saturday, Buckingham Palace and Queen Elizabeth (opens in new tab) II released statements finalizing the news. While Buckingham Palace's statement focused more on logistical issues related to Harry and Meghan's next steps, the Queen's message (opens in new tab) was much more personal.

In her statement, the Queen stressed that Harry and Meghan's decision (opens in new tab) to step back was the "result of intense scrutiny over the last two years" and that they have her full support as they pursue "a more independent life."

The Queen also took a moment to explain just how proud she is of her granddaughter-in-law, writing that she's "particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family."

Read the Queen's full statement on the news below:

Following many months of conversations and more recent discussions, I am pleased that together we have found a constructive and supportive way forward for my grandson and his family.

Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family.

I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.

I want to thank them for all their dedicated work across this country, the Commonwealth and beyond, and am particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family.

It is my whole family’s hope that today’s agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life.

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