Queen Elizabeth II hosts family crisis meeting over Harry, Meghan

Queen Elizabeth II has agreed that Prince Harry and his wife Meghan would be allowed to split their time between Britain and Canada while their future is finalised.

The monarch said there would be a “period of transition”, though there was more work to be done to resolve the “complex” issue, after the couple said they wanted to step back from the royal frontline.

The Queen had summoned her grandson Prince Harry and his wife for an emergency meeting to discuss their “next steps” with the family, after the couple’s surprise announcement last week to step back from duties as senior royals.
Reports said the Queen has expressed support for the choice of the couple even as she urged further discussion to reach an amicable solution.

Harry’s father and brother, Prince Charles and Prince William were present at the the conference held at the family’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England.

“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,” the couple said in a statement last week.

“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.”

Meghan was expected to call in from Canada but there was no news of her participation in the family meting.

The queen is pushing to resolve the issue in “days, not weeks,” said Buckingham Palace, adding that “any decision will take time to be implemented.”

Topics discussed include a plan on how the couple will pay for their taxpayer-funded security, their future money-making options, and the tax implications of their move to North America.

Meghan and Harry’s decision to step back from the family has been linked to their growing unhappiness about their press coverage, which has been exacerbated in recent years by the Duchess of Sussex’s family giving unfavorable interviews to the U.K. media.

Following the announcement, Meghan’s half-sister Samantha Markle accused her of exhibiting “attention-getting behaviors,” and noted that she had married into the family with knowledge that she would be in the public spotlight.

“That’s ridiculous. They stepped into the spotlight knowing what the duties were, knowing what the media would be like for them,” Samantha said.