Meghan Markle Didn't Call into Family Summit Which Was Attended by the Queen, Princes Charles, William & Harry

On Monday, January 13, 2010, the Queen called a Royal Family summit at her country home in Sandringham to discuss Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s decision to step down from their senior roles.

Reports had previously stated that Meghan, 38, would join the meeting via phone from Canada, however, this was not the case. On Tuesday, Buckingham Palace released a statement revealing that Meghan and Harry had ultimately decided that it “wasn’t necessary” for her to do so.

The statement read in part: “In the end, the Sussexes decided that it wasn’t necessary for the Duchess to join.” Harry, his brother Prince William, and their father Prince Charles were said to have been called together by the Queen for the discussions.

Royal Family “talk things through”

Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry visit Canada House, central London on January 7, 2020 | Photo: Yui Mok/Getty Images

Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry visit Canada House, central London on January 7, 2020 | Photo: Yui Mok/Getty Images

A source claimed the whole point of the get-together was to “talk things through.” Meghan had recently returned to Vancouver Island, Canada, where she and Harry, 35, spent the holidays together with their son Archie.

The meeting lasted for 90 minutes. Shortly afterward, the Queen released a rare and emotional statement saying:

“Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family. My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family.”

The Queen accepts Harry and Meghan’s decision

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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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The Queen expressed the family’s preference for the couple to have remained as full-time working members of the family, but noted that they respected and understood “their wish to live a more independent life as a family.”

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‪This evening The Duke and Duchess of Sussex accompanied Her Majesty The Queen and members of @TheRoyalFamily to the annual @RoyalBritishLegion Festival of Remembrance. This special event, which has taken place every year since 1923 at the @RoyalAlbertHall, commemorates all those who have lost their lives in conflicts.‬ • ‪This year’s Festival marked the 75th anniversary of a number of crucial battles of 1944, with a particular emphasis on the collaboration and friendship of the British, Commonwealth and Allied armies who fought them. A unique tribute was given to acknowledge those involved both past and present, culminating in a special parade of some of the last surviving veterans who fought and served in 1944.‬ • ‪Their Royal Highnesses, who last year attended their first Festival of Remembrance together, were honoured to once again pay tribute to all casualties of war and remember those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.‬ ‪#FestivalOfRemembrance ‪#WeWillRememberThem‬ Photo © PA / Royal British Legion

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However, she made it clear that Harry and Meghan would remain “a valued part of my family.” The monarch also confirmed that the couple wished to be independent.

The transition period

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Today, The Queen visited the Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) village to celebrate the charity’s centenary year. The charity supports Armed Forces personnel and veterans, and their families, as well as people who have been long-term unemployed. During the visit in Kent Her Majesty opened the new Appleton Lodge care facility and visited the Centenary Village housing project. The lodge provides care for residents as well as local people in the area. She also met RBLI Village’s eldest resident, 99-year old WWII veteran John Riggs, and his family. Finally, The Queen visited the RBLI Centenary Village, to see the completed first phase of the development, which includes specially-adapted apartments for wounded former military personnel. And she buried a time capsule which included a personal message congratulating the charity on their Centenary. For more on today visit our website via the link in our bio! 📸 Press Association / Royal Communications

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The pair would also have a transitional period where they would live in Canada and the UK. A final decision was expected in the next coming days as to how the couple would go about their transition.

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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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Despite this, it is believed that the changes won’t take effect immediately. A source noted that they would “take time.”

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