ake no mistake, Saturday night’s statement represents the hardest Megxit possible for the Duke of Duchess of Sussex.
While insisting Harry, Meghan and Archie “will always be much loved members of my family”, the 93-year-old monarch could not be clearer on their on-going role in the Firm: it’s over.
The dual statement - both from the Queen as a grandmother and Buckingham Palace as an institution - appeared purposely designed to combine both the personal and the professional.
Since the monarchy isn’t just a family but a business - what other option was there when two of its major shareholders had declared their intention to start up a rival company in North America?
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had handed in their notice - and this was the Queen giving them their P45.
In paying tribute to the couple and showing support for their wish for a more independent life, HM was speaking from the heart. It is no secret behind palace gates that she has been left devastated by their bombshell statement on January 8 - and by her own admission last Monday, she would have preferred her grandson and his wife to have remained full-time working members of the Royal Family.