It’s fair to say that many of us wish we were flies on the wall as Prince Harry laid out his family’s plans for the future in front of the Queen, his father Charles and brother William during crisis talks in Sandringham on Monday.
But it seems the Palace were scared of exactly that, with a plan to conference Meghan into the chat from Canada abandoned due to security reasons.
It was expected the Duchess would participate via Skype, but given the sensitivity of the topic (an unprecedented never-before-attempted “quitting” of royal life) publications including The Daily Mail report Palace officials deemed a call too risky.
Harry and Meghan announced plans for their future in an Instagram post last Wednesday night, before launching their updated website outlining more details about the nature of their roles.
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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA
As the royals scrambled to digest the news, the Queen put out a brief statement that she was working with the family on a “workable solution,” before gathering her relatives for crisis talks in Sandringham where she was holidaying.
CNN royal commentator Victoria Arbiter told Ten’s The Project last night that Prince Harry arrived two hours early to the scheduled 2pm sit-down on Monday, to have some one-on-one time with his grandmother, the Queen.
“It’s the first time he’s seen her since dropping the bombshell and he really wanted to have an opportunity to explain his side of the story and explain what he and Meghan are hoping to achieve,” she explained.