Britain’s Queen Elizabeth orders family meeting to ‘talk things through’
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth ordered a meeting at her country home in Norfolk on Monday for the family to talk about Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle’s decision to step back from their royal titles and duties, People reports.
According to the magazine, the meeting will include Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince Harry. Meghan Markle will likely attend by phone, because she is currently in Vancouver Island, Canada.
A source close to the royal family told People that the queen intends the meeting to be a chance to “talk things through” and figure out a path forward for Meghan and Harry that works both for them and for the family.
“Following a series of meetings and consultations across the last few days, there is a range of possibilities for the family to review which take into account the thinking the Sussexes outlined earlier in the week,” the source said.
“Days not weeks”
The queen wants decisions about next steps to be made in “days not weeks,” the source told People. There is an understanding, however, that solutions will need more time to be implemented.
It will be the first time the family will be together since Remembrance Day weekend in November, although other meetings have already taken place between some members of the royal family and the U.K. and Canadian governments.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced Wednesday that they had decided to take on a “progressive new role” within the royal family that included stepping back from royal duties and toward financial independence.
They said on Instagram that they still intended to “fully support Her Majesty the Queen” and “[honor] our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages.” What that looks like is still very much in progress, however.
Rumors have swirled ever since Meghan and Harry got engaged that they were finding public life difficult, and both have said in recent months that they considered the British press to be treating them unfairly.
They even began separate legal battles against the British media in October, with Meghan suing one tabloid for publishing a private letter and Harry suing two others for allegedly hacking phones illegally, according to Forbes.
The couple seems to be seeking a lifestyle that will take them out of the public eye and beyond the reach of the tabloids, while still using their influence to benefit causes they care about.
But their success in accomplishing such a separation is by no means certain at this point in time. It is extraordinarily difficult to have one’s cake and eat it too, it seems.