The queen summoned Prince Harry, Prince Charles and Prince William to Sandringham for a family confrontation on Monday, palace sources revealed.
Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, is expected to call the so-called "talk-time zones," and several aides and courtiers will also be present. However, neither Kate nor the Duchess of Cambridge nor Prince Philip, who retired from public life and fell ill during the Christmas period, will be present.
It will be the first time Harry has seen his grandmother since Meghan's bombshell announcement and that they are leaving senior royalty and plan to spend more time in North America. According to one aide, the meeting was convened in the hope that the family could take the next steps and resolve some outstanding issues, specifically how the couple plans to be financially independent.
The summit comes after days of intense meetings between palace aides and government officials charged with finding a solution for Harry and Meghan that works for both the couple and the royal family. Last night, a courtier said negotiations were progressing well.
Meghan is now in Canada, where he met Archie, and it has been reported that the couple have already taken their dogs to the country, suggesting that this must be a long-term change.
According to a senior palace advisor, “There are a number of possibilities for the family to review (at the meeting) that take into account the thinking the Sussex outlined earlier in the week.” The source continued: “As we said earlier, making a Changing professional life and the role of the monarchy for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex requires complex and thoughtful discussions. The next steps will be agreed at the meeting. The request for this to be resolved at the pace is still His Majesty's desire and the goal remains days, not weeks. There is genuine agreement and understanding that any decision will take time to implement. "
Harry is expected to remain in the UK as long as negotiations continue and is expected to attend an official engagement on Thursday with the Rugby League.
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