Queen Elizabeth said she was committed to helping them act on their move. However, not seeing Archie will be difficult for the monarch.
The British royal family has a lot going one lately with Prince Harry and Megan Markle's decision to step down as senior members of the royal family. While the monarchy worked out deals to support the couple's decision, it is reported that the Queen is sad because she hasn't been able to spend enough time with her new great-grandson, baby Archie.
According to The Sunday Times, a source closely associated with the Queen said, "She will be very sad to have barely seen Archie, and that he will miss out on growing up with his cousins and wider family.”
Queen Elizebeth met her 8th great-grandson for the first time just two days after his birthday on 6 May 2019. The Queen along with the Duke of Edinburgh met the baby boy Windsor Castle. Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland was also present at the event. However, the monarch could not be part of Archie's christening as it clashed with her yearly private weekend at Sandringham.
With Harry and Meghan away from Britain since November and even spending Christmas in Canada, the 93-year-old monarch hardly got the chance to see little Archie, according to the Daily Mail. Currently, the royal baby is in Canada along with Megan Markle and his nanny. Prince Harry is reported to have reunited with his family after his last and final royal engagement.
According to the Telegraph, the 35-year-old Prince left Britain to start his new life abroad in Canada on the evening of 20 January 2020. This move by the couple may mean the queen seeing very less of Archie, who is the seventh in the line of succession to the British throne.
However, the Queen released a statement supporting the decision of the couple. She stated,
"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 recognize 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 I am particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family."
As part of stepping back, the couple will no longer represent the Queen. Added to that, they will not be engaged in any official duties and will no longer be able to access public funds. But, the royals will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations.