Queen Elizabeth II calls royal summit after Harry and Meghan announcement

Source: The Hill | January 11, 2020 | Marina Pitofsky

Queen Elizabeth II has summoned several senior members of the royal family to a meeting at her Sandringham estate in Norfolk on Monday after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced this week that they would design a new professional role for themselves and split their time between the United Kingdom and North America.

The meeting will be attended by the queen, Prince Charles and his son, Prince William, the Guardian reported. It will be the first time the entire group has met since Prince Harry and Markle released the news Wednesday, the Guardian reported.

Markle, who is currently in Canada, is also likely to be part of the meeting via conference calling.

The group will reportedly discuss different proposals for the future of the duke and duchess of Sussex, after palace officials and representatives from the U.K. and Canada met this week to discuss how the couple can create their new, “progressive” role as royals.

U.K. Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill reportedly took part in negotiations, in addition to aides from Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace, according to the Guardian. 

The couple made a shocking announcement Wednesday that they are stepping back from being senior members of the royal family. They also said that they want to work to become “financially independent.”

Buckingham Palace said that “discussions with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage,” in a statement issued after the announcement.

“We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through,” the statement read, according to copies shared on Twitter.

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  •  EVERYDAY #34752

    Well, if nothing else, this “crisis” has at times knocked Trump and his antics off the front page. That’s a good thing because we need some relief from the seemingly endless Trump reality tv show.

    Really shouldn’t care what the royals do — I don’t have a dog in this fight — but it seems to me that this whole Harry and Meghan kerfuffle is much ado about nothing. Harry’s rank in the line of succession is so far back, it’s nearly impossible that he would ever be king. So he really doesn’t need to be that closely involved in royal matters. And if he and his wife give up the monetary compensation and other benefits associated with being royals, then the taxpayers should be happy they don’t have to support them.

    Anyway, however this all turns out, I wish Harry and Meghan all the best and success in whatever they decide to do.

     Consistent #34786

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