People: Queen Calls Emergency Meeting after Harry and Meghan's Announcement to Step Back from Royal Duties

Royal sources report that the Queen has called an emergency meeting for senior members of the royal family.

In the wake of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announcing their exit from royal duties, a royal source confirms that the Queen is taking steps to control the situation.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex depart Canada House on January 07, 2020 in London, England. | Photo: Getty Images

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex depart Canada House on January 07, 2020 in London, England. | Photo: Getty Images

According to PEOPLE, a royal source revealed that the monarch had summoned the royal family for an emergency meeting in light of the Sussexes’ recent decision.

The insider explained that the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William had come together to instruct their offices to “work at pace” in order to find “workable solutions” to Harry and Meghan’s desire to step away from royal duties. 

Queen Elizabeth II leaves a thanksgiving service for a thanksgiving service for the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret at St George's Chapel. | Photo: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II leaves a thanksgiving service for a thanksgiving service for the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret at St George's Chapel. | Photo: Getty Images

The senior royal family members also urged their teams to work closely with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s office and governments on both sides of the Atlantic, and hope that the process of fixing things would “take days and not weeks.”

While it is not sure how the Queen feels about this new adjustment, her focus remains finding a conclusion quickly. 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend the Women's Empowerment reception hosted by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at the Royal Aeronautical Society. | Photo: Getty Images

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend the Women's Empowerment reception hosted by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at the Royal Aeronautical Society. | Photo: Getty Images

Speaking about the atmosphere of things in the royal family, the source said:

“This has moved from shock and a range of emotions to something more constructive. It is complicated. This is happening very quickly. And the proof in that is the fact that this will take days and not weeks.”

Queen Elizabeth II prepares to greet Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev at Buckingham Palace. | Photo: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II prepares to greet Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev at Buckingham Palace. | Photo: Getty Images

Although the royal family is working hard to find what works for Prince Harry and Meghan, they need to “talk openly” with governments about issues such as funding for the couple and their team, security, and protection as well as finding out if they would have official residences.

Also, the question of what kind of roles Meghan and Harry are hoping to fulfill on behalf of The Queen is being asked.

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Having attended the 10th Annual One Young World opening ceremony on Tuesday, The Duchess of Sussex was joined today by The Duke of Sussex for a round table discussion on gender equity with OYW and Queen’s Commonwealth Trust young leaders. Over the last few days, these young leaders became @OneYoungWorld ambassadors with the intention to return to their communities and further existing initiatives to help change the world for the better. This year OYW partnered with the @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, of which The Duke and Duchess are President and Vice-President respectively, to provide scholarships to young leaders driving positive social impact in the Commonwealth. This was the most exciting collaboration between two groups The Duchess is passionate about and has been working with for some time. For more information and highlights from the week and how you can support these incredible leaders and their initiatives, visit @OneYoungWorld Photo © SussexRoyal / PA

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As noted by The New York Times, Prince Harry and Meghan delivered the blow of their exit on Wednesday via a statement on their official Instagram page.

The royal couple explained that after much reflection, they would like to “step back as senior members of the royal family and work to become financially independent.”

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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. 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. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA

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They also mentioned that they intend to divide their time between Britain and North America. The couple’s statement has left their fans with many unanswered questions.

However, BBC News notes that the couple doesn’t have any plans to renounce their titles. Also, in the case that Prince Harry and Meghan divorce, the former remains a member of the royal family.

Amid all the turbulence plaguing the royal family, PEOPLE revealed that hours after the royal couple made their announcement, the monarch said that the conversation of what to do is still in the early stages.

An insider also revealed that the Queen, Princ Charles, Prince William, and other senior members of the royal family were caught off guard by the release of the couple’s statement.

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