Prince Harry and Meghan: Queen Summons Senior Royals for Crisis Talks
Queen Elizabeth II has summoned senior royals to Sandringham on January 13 for face-to-face talks to discuss the future roles of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
According to local reports, Prince Harry, Prince William and Prince Charles will all attend, while Meghan is expected join the discussion over the phone from Canada.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex say they plan to step back as senior members of the Royal Family.
There is no suggestion a conclusion will be reached at the meeting.
Prince Harry and Meghan also said they plan to split their time between the UK and North America, while “continuing to honor our duty to the Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages”.
There are likely to be tax implications to any decision to base themselves outside the UK.
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The meeting at the Queen’s estate in Norfolk – being described as the ‘Sandringham summit’ – will be the first time the monarch has come face-to-face with Prince Harry since the Sussexes’ announcement, which was posted on their official Instagram account.
The Royal Family was said to be “hurt” at the couple’s statement. It is understood the Queen was not consulted in advance of their decision.
Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, William and Harry are expected to review a range of possibilities for the Sussexes, taking into account plans outlined by the couple.
If a deal is agreed in the coming days, there is a general understanding that it will take some time to implement.
Prince Charles is currently in Oman, after travelling overnight to attend the first of three days of official condolences following the death of Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said.