‘Sad’ Prince William breaks silence on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s plans

Prince William has reportedly broken his silence about brother Prince Harry’s decision to “step back” from his royal duties.

The Sunday Times in London quotes the oldest son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana as expressing sadness while speaking to an unnamed friend about the matter. Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle announced on Wednesday that they’d be pursuing “progressive” new roles within the royal family which would allow them to become financially independent and divide their time between the U.K. and North America.

“I’ve put my arm around my brother all our lives and I can’t do that any more; we’re separate entities,” the 37-year-old royal, who is second in line to the British throne, is quoted as saying.

“I’m sad about that. All we can do, and all I can do, is try and support them and hope that the time comes when we’re all singing from the same page. I want everyone to play on the team.”

His statement follows reports that their grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, has called an emergency meeting to be held at the Sandringham estate on Monday. She is expected to meet with the brothers and Prince Charles to iron out details for Harry’s transition to his limited role, with Meghan reportedly appearing via video conference.

The Times also reports that Harry and Meghan’s security detail may be reduced as a result of their move, and claims that those supporting the younger prince blame aides to Prince William or Prince Charles for leaking news of his plans, forcing the couple to suddenly make their announcement last week.