It’s time to face the music. Less than a week after announcing that they will be stepping back from their senior roles in the royal family, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be joining Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, and Prince William for a meeting on Monday to discuss what’s to come in the future. The meeting will take place at the Queen’s country home in Sandringham, Norfolk, according to People.
While the Duke of Sussex will be present for the discussion, there is a possibility the Duchess of Sussex will be phoning in, as she is currently in Vancouver Island, Canada.
“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,” a source revealed. “As we have said previously, making a change to the working life and role of the monarchy for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex requires complex and thoughtful discussions. Next steps will be agreed at the meeting. The request for this to be resolved ‘at pace’ is still Her Majesty’s wish. The aim remains days not weeks. There is genuine agreement and understanding that any decision will take time to be implemented.”
On Jan. 8, the unexpected news was revealed that the couple — who welcomed son Archie in May 2019 — have decided to “make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution.”
The statement continued, “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.”
According to a source, it’s the Queen’s desire to come to a conclusion on next steps as quickly as possible. “There is a range of possibilities for the family to review,” the source added.