British Queen Elizabeth II (93) has reportedly called several family members to a crisis meeting at her Sandringham country estate. This was reported, among others, by the PA news agency and the BBC on Saturday evening. The meeting should therefore take place on Monday.
The reason for the crisis discussion is the announcement by Prince Harrys (35) and Duchess Meghans (38) to step down from their role as “Senior Royals” and to spend more time in North America in the future. The two also want to become “financially independent”.
Heirs to the throne are Prince Charles (71), Prince William (37) and Harry. The BBC reported that Meghan might join the call. She is currently in Canada.
The announced retreat of the royal glamor couple had caused a stir in the UK. The move was not coordinated with the royal family and is said to have caused much disappointment and anger there. It is unclear what exactly will be the result, because the two do not want to completely renounce the royals.
According to the reports, several options will be discussed at the meeting. Among other things, it should address the question of how the safety of Harry and Meghan and their eight-month-old son Archie should be ensured in the future if they are in North America. It must also be clarified on which occasions the couple will still appear publicly for the royals. According to the reports, the two may have to forego the title “Royal Highness” in the future. Money will also come up on the table: Harry receives several million pounds from his father Charles every year, according to the BBC. The royal family should pay close attention to the way in which it intends to generate its own income in the future.
From palace circles it was said that the Queen wanted to find a feasible solution for the two within days. According to the “Telegraph”, a decision is to be made before Harry’s next public appearance on Thursday – “Sandringham showdown to decide the future of the Sussexes” was the headline on Sunday. Harry and Meghan are also known in England as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
The “Sunday Times”, citing a friend of Prince William, reported that Harry’s older brother was sad about the development. “I’ve put my arm around my brother all my life and I can’t do that anymore, we’re separate entities,” William said.