Queen El­iz­a­beth calls Prince Harry for cri­sis meet­ing

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QUeen el­iz­a­beth has sum­moned her grand­son Prince Harry for a cri­sis meet­ing to dis­cuss fu­ture ar­range­ments for him and his wife Meghan fol­low­ing the cou­ple’s shock an­nounce­ment that they want to step back from royal du­ties, Reuters re­ports.

Harry’s fa­ther Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, and his el­der brother Prince Wil­liam, will also at­tend the meet­ing, due to take place on Mon­day at the queen’s San­dring­ham es­tate in Nor­folk, east­ern eng­land, a Buck­ing­ham Palace source told


Meghan, an Amer­i­can for­mer TV ac­tress, will try to join via tele­phone from Canada where she re­turned ear­lier in the week to re­join the cou­ple’s baby son, Archie.

Harry and Meghan, of­fi­cially known as the Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex, sur­prised the rest of the royal fam­ily on Wed­nes­day by pub­licly an­nounc­ing they wanted a “new work­ing model” that would al­low them to spend more time in North Amer­ica and to be fi­nan­cially in­de­pen­dent.

They did not con­sult the 93-year-old monarch or other mem­bers of the fam­ily be­fore mak­ing their an­nounce­ment on a new web­site, https:// sus­sexroyal.com, a move which hurt and dis­ap­pointed the queen and other roy­als, ac­cord­ing to a royal source.

The meet­ing on Mon­day will be the first time the se­nior roy­als have met in per­son to dis­cuss the con­cerns raised by Harry and Meghan.

Of­fi­cials had been hold­ing talks be­hind the scenes since the bomb­shell state­ment to try to work out a new ar­range­ment for the cou­ple, and a royal source said those ef­forts pro­gressed well.

The con­sul­ta­tions, which also in­cluded the Bri­tish and Cana­dian gov­ern­ments, paved the way for a face-to-face meet­ing be­tween Harry and the queen.

The palace source said it re­mained the queen’s aim to a find a res­o­lu­tion to the cri­sis in days rather than weeks but it would re­quire “com­plex and thought­ful dis­cus­sions” and any agree­ment would take time to be im­ple­mented.

The split be­tween Harry and the other Wind­sors is the lat­est cri­sis the royal fam­ily has faced in a pe­riod de­scribed last month as “bumpy” by the queen in a tele­vised an­nual ad­dress.

Such is the global in­ter­est in Harry and Meghan that their news has over­shad­owed a scan­dal sur­round­ing the queen’s sec­ond son Prince An­drew and his friend­ship with dis­graced late U.S. fi­nancier Jef­frey ep­stein, who hanged him­self in jail in Au­gust while await­ing trial on fed­eral sex traf­fick­ing charges.

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