Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, did not attend the Sandringham meeting with Prince Harry, but instead returned to Canada. In the days following the announcement of the royal departure of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry was called to speak to his family.
The Duke met the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William at what has been termed the “Sandringham Summit”.
The elder royals have gathered at Her Majesty’s home in Norfolk to discuss the logistics of the Sussex’s new lives.
According to royal experts, the queen said the semi-royal idea of Prince Harry would not work.
A source told royal biographers Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand: “It was unsustainable. If Harry and Meghan had been semi-working royals, there would have been oversight of everything they did in their independent sphere, a committee to approve the events and offers. “
The source also said the Sussexes were not allowed to use the word “royal”
This meant the closure of their Sussex Royal social media accounts.
The Sussexes were reportedly disappointed with the final rulings on their exit from the royal family.
Prince Harry had to perform an important task before breaking the news to his wife about how the meeting went.
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The queen said: “Today my family had very constructive discussions about the future of my grandson and his family.
“My family and I fully support Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family.
“While we would have preferred them to remain full-time members of the royal family, we respect and understand their desire to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valuable part of my family.
“Harry and Meghan have made it clear that they don’t want to rely on public funds in their new lives.
“It was then agreed that there will be a transition period where the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK.
“These are complex issues for my family to resolve, and there is still work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be made in the coming days.”
Last month, the Sussexes fully repaid £ 2.4m of taxpayer money used to refurbish their UK base, the Frogmore cottage.
The announcement came after the pair signed a multi-year production deal with online streaming giant Netflix.
A Sussex spokesperson said: “A contribution has been made to the Sovereign Grant by the Duke of Sussex.
“This contribution, originally made by Prince Harry, has fully covered the necessary renovation costs of Frogmore Cottage, a property of Her Majesty the Queen, and will remain the British residence of the Duke and his family.”