When Prince Harry met with Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, and Prince William on Monday for their “Megxit Summit” to discuss the future of Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, in the royal family, the expectation was that Markle would call in and be part of the meeting. Markle has already returned to Canada to be with Archie Harrison, but it was assumed that she would be part of the discussion remotely.
However, according to Page Six, Markle was not involved in the historic Megxit summit because she didn’t think it was necessary. Original reports about Markle’s absence claimed that it was due to security concerns because it was a “highly confidential family discussion, not a conference call.”
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But, that wasn’t the case. Buckingham Palace has confirmed that it was Meghan and Harry who decided that the former Suits actress wouldn’t participate.
“So we’ve now had some clarification from the palace,” tweeted royal correspondent Emiy Andrews. “They said: ‘In the end, The Sussexes decided that it wasn’t necessary for The Duchess to join [the summit].’ But we understand Harry was in contact with his wife while at Sandringham, to keep her in the loop.”
Even though the royal family still has a lot of things to figure out, Queen Elizabeth has agreed to Harry and Meghan splitting their time between the UK and Canada. The speculation is that the prince will leave the UK and join his wife and son later this week.
Prince Harry arrived at Sandringham early to meet with the Queen in private before the official summit began with Prince Charles and Prince William. Prince Harry showed up at around 11:40 a.m., but the meeting wasn’t scheduled until 2 o’clock.
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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
An insider claims that Harry wanted to give his grandmother his side of the story before his dad and brother joined them, and that’s exactly what happened during two hours of “calm” discussion.
After the meeting, the Queen released a statement and said that she and her family fully support Harry and Meghan. The monarch noticeably referred to her grandson and grand-daughter-in-law by their names instead of their royal titles, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Queen Elizabeth said that the discussion she had with her son and grandsons were “constructive,” and she respects and understands Harry and Meghan’s “wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.”