PM Boris Johnson has told BBC Breakfast that he is 'absolutely confident' the Queen will sort out the current confusion over Harry and Meghan's future - while the Queen herself has described yesterday's 'royal family conference' as 'very constructive'.

The nation was transfixed yesterday by the meeting between Harry the Duke of Sussex with his father Charles, brother William and the Queen.

Soon after 5pm the Queen issued a statement about the meeting describing it as 'very constructive'.

She said: "My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan's desire to create a new life as a young family. Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.

"Harry and Meghan have made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives.

"It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK.

"These are complex matters for my family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days."

The mixture of support for her grandson and his wife with its hint of personal regret and insistance on a quick solution inspired immediate analysis and comment

On Breakfast television Boris Johnson said: "My view on this is very straightforward: I am a massive fan - like most of our viewers - of the Queen and the royal family as a fantastic asset for our country.

"I'm absolutely confident that they are going to sort this out.

"I think that all those dilemmas are well understood and I have absolutely no doubt they are going to sort it out.

"But they are going to sort it out much more easily without a running commentary from politicians."