January 13, 2020

Queen Elizabeth II has announced a "period of transition" for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after they revealed their plans to step back from the royal family.

Harry and Meghan last week released a shocking statement announcing they "intend to step back as 'senior' members of the royal family," planning to "work to become financially independent" and "balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America." This prompted an emergency meeting Monday with Harry, Prince Charles and Prince William; Meghan was expected to call in.

The queen in a statement after the meeting said the royal family is "entirely supportive" of Harry and Meghan's decision, although "we would have preferred them to remain full-time working members of the royal family." She also announced it has "been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK."

"Final decisions" on these "complex matters" will be made "in the coming days," the statement also reads. Previously, a statement from Buckingham Palace released after Harry and Meghan's said "discussions" with the two "are at an early stage" and these "complicated issues ... will take time to work through."

Reports last week suggested Harry released his statement with Meghan against the queen's wishes. The queen reportedly told Harry he would need to receive support from Prince Charles, who requested a written proposal, before she would provide her blessing, but according to The New York Times, he didn't do so prior to the announcement. Brendan Morrow

2:30 p.m.

Mort Drucker, the beloved artist known for his work at MAD magazine, has died at 91.

Drucker died Wednesday at his home in New York, his friend John Reiner confirmed to The New York Times. Reiner told CNN's Jake Tapper his death was not thought to be related to COVID-19.

After joining MAD in 1956, Drucker's hilarious caricatures satirizing pop culture soon became iconic, and he illustrated more than half of the magazine's movie parodies from the 1960s through 2008, per the Times. In a 2000 interview with the Times, he noted, "I think I've drawn almost everyone in Hollywood."

Among Drucker's other notable work includes the poster for George Lucas' American Graffiti; according to The Hollywood Reporter, Lucas personally drove to Drucker's home on Long Island to convince him to draw it.

"The World has lost a not just an extraordinary talent but a shining example of kindness, humility and humor," the National Cartoonists Society said in a statement.

MAD fans on Thursday quickly began sharing their favorite cartoons from Drucker's legendary career, including his parodies of Jaws and Star Wars. "Many of his illustrations are as vivid in my mind as the movies and TV shows that inspired them," The New York Times' Dave Itzkoff wrote.

Reiner told CNN's Jake Tapper that Drucker's final words to him were, "I'm the luckiest man — I've had a wonderful life." Brendan Morrow

2:11 p.m.

First lady Melania Trump is officially donning a face mask during the COVID-19 pandemic, although the jury's still out on whether her husband will follow suit.

In a social media post Thursday, the first lady shared a photo of herself wearing what appears to be a surgical mask, touting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation "to wear cloth face coverings."

"Remember, this does NOT replace the importance of social distancing," she wrote. "It is recommended to keep us all safe."

Melania's masking comes one week after President Trump announced he would not be wearing a mask, despite the CDC-issued guidelines urging people to do so. At the time, Trump implied that it would be odd to be "sitting in the Oval Office, behind that beautiful Resolute Desk" while wearing a mask, so it's unclear how he's taking this news.

The photo of the first lady appears to show her wearing a surgical mask rather than the CDC-recommended "cloth face covering," the former of which is recommended only for use by health care professionals and medical first responders amid critical supply shortages.