Insider explains why Meghan Markle didn’t dial in for crisis talks as planned
Meghan Markle didn't dial in for crisis talks between Prince Harry, the Queen, Charles and William to discuss the Sussexes future roles in the Royal Family.
Meghan is currently in Canada with Archie but it was believed that she would join the conversation over the phone to have her say on the discussions.
However a senior palace source has now confirmed that didn't happen, and the Duchess wasn't involved.
They said: "In the end, The Sussexes decided that it wasn’t necessary for The Duchess to join."
The Queen summoned Harry to Sandringham to discuss the Sussexes' future roles within the Royal Family with Princes Charles and William yesterday.
They spent two hours thrashing out the framework of a deal to stop Duke and Duchess of Sussex from permanently turning their backs on the family.
A statement released afterwards said the meeting had been "constructive" and the senior royals had agreed to a "period of transition" during which Meghan and Harry will split their time between the UK and Canada.
Sources close to the negotiations have revealed the family set six main points to be agreed on before real change could take affect.
These were titles, finances, protection, advisors, media plan and where they will live.
The Queen admitted that she was disappointed by the couple's decision to step back from their royal duties, but "respected and understood" their decision.
She wrote: "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. 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.
"Harry and Meghan have made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives.
"It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK.
"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.
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