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What does the Queen's statement on Harry and Meghan say and what does it mean?


Following today's unprecedented Royal Family summit at Sandringham to thrash out the way forward to Harry and Meghan's desire to quit their duties, the Queen has released a statement.

In a deeply personal message by Her Majesty the couple are referred to as 'Harry and Meghan' rather than their titles the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, clouding their royal status.

The statement indicates that the couple will not receive money from the public purse but its reference to a 'period of transition' does not clarify how they will achieve self sufficiency. 

Here, MailOnline deconstructs the six-sentence statement and looks at the clues it provides to the Sussexes stripped-back future.

Heading in to today's crunch Sandringham summit, royal insiders expected Harry to dig his heels to secure the best possible financial settlement for him and Meghan as they move to become 'financially independent'.