Meghan Markle Decided It Wasn’t Necessary To Join The Royal Meeting

On Monday, Harry met with the senior members of his family to discuss the couple’s future within the British monarchy.

Harry met with his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, his father, Prince Charles, and his brother, Prince William, at Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, England, while his wife and son Archie were thousands of miles away on Vancouver Island in Canada. There was some speculation that Meghan might call in to the meeting, but now royal reporters are clarifying that the 38-year-old duchess was not directly involved in Monday’s discussion.

“In the end, The Sussexes decided that it wasn’t necessary for The Duchess to join [the summit],” a Palace aide said.

Emily Andrews


Meghan apparently joined the for some of it today, but not all. She joined in for the end-understandably as the time difference meant she was 8 hours behind in Victoria.

Emily Andrews

So we’ve now had some clarification from the palace. They said: “In the end, The Sussexes decided that it wasn’t necessary for The Duchess to join [the summit].” But we understand Harry was in contact with his wife while at Sandringham, to keep her in the loop.

Following Monday’s meeting, Queen Elizabeth released a statement in support of her 35-year-old grandson and his wife.

“Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the royal family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family,” the Queen said in a statement. “These are complex matters for my family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days.” {ET}

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