Queen hosts cri­sis talks over ‘Megxit’

Manchester Evening News - - NATIONAL -

THE Queen will host cri­sis talks with se­nior roy­als and the Duke of Sus­sex to­day in a bid to find a so­lu­tion to Meghan and Harry’s fu­ture roles.

The head of state will be joined at her pri­vate Nor­folk es­tate of San­dring­ham by Prince Charles and Prince Wil­liam for the crunch meet­ing – where “next steps” will be de­cided, a source told the PA news agency.

It will be the first time the four have met since the is­sue – dubbed ‘Megxit’ by the tabloids – en­gulfed the roy­als. It is thought Wil­liam will be trav­el­ling from his Kens­ing­ton Palace apart­ment and Harry from Frog­more Cot­tage near Wind­sor Cas­tle.

Charles was in Oman yes­ter­day to at­tend a con­do­lence cer­e­mony fol­low­ing the death of Sul­tan Qa­boos bin Said al Said, and was due to travel back to the UK last night for the talks at San­dring­ham to­day.

Be­fore them will be a range of op­tions, and it is likely the roy­als will try to come to some agree­ment be­fore the meet­ing ends to stop the im­me­di­ate cri­sis caus­ing last­ing dam­age to the monar­chy.

The Queen at­tended church at San­dring­ham yes­ter­day, ar­riv­ing by car dressed in a camel-coloured coat and hat.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic gath­er­ing near St Mary Mag­da­lene Church said they felt sorry for Her Majesty, with some say­ing that Harry and Meghan should not re­ceive any more tax­pay­ers’ money.

Jean Ac­ton, 70, from Fak­en­ham, de­scribed the cri­sis as a “slap in the face” for the Queen.

“I feel des­per­ately sorry for her. It must be hor­ri­ble. For any par­ent. Let alone if you’re a royal or not,” she said.

On Harry and Meghan, she said: “I think they should give any monies back. You can’t have your cake and eat it. I just think they’ve done the dirty on the Queen.”

Mem­bers of the pub­lic clapped as the Queen left the church af­ter the ser­vice.

Harry and Meghan are said to have left the Queen and se­nior roy­als feel­ing “hurt” by their bomb­shell an­nounce­ment they plan to step back as se­nior roy­als, be­come fi­nan­cially in­de­pen­dent and split their time be­tween the UK and North Amer­ica.

On Thurs­day, the Queen, Charles and Wil­liam gave or­ders for their house­holds to work with the Sus­sexes’ team to quickly find a “work­able so­lu­tion” to their de­sire to change the di­rec­tion of their royal lives, but still sup­port the Queen.

Meghan flew to Canada a few days ago where she spent an ex­tended fes­tive break with Harry and baby son Archie in the prov­ince of Bri­tish Columbia.

She is with her child, but the source said it is likely she will be able to par­tic­i­pate in the meet­ing by phone.

The Sun­day Times re­ported Wil­liam as say­ing: “I’ve put my arm around my brother all our lives and I can’t do that any more; we’re sep­a­rate en­ti­ties.

“I’m sad about that. All we can do, and all I can do, is try and sup­port them and hope that the time comes when we’re all singing from the same page. I want ev­ery­one to play on the team.”

Queen El­iz­a­beth II and Prince Harry

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