Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex watch a flyby to mark the Royal Air Force centennial from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018 in London, England.
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Queen Elizabeth has summoned her grandson, Prince Harry, to a crisis meeting to discuss future arrangements for him and his wife Meghan after the couple's shock that they want to move away from royal duties.
Harry's father, Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, and his older brother, Prince William, will also attend the meeting, which will take place Monday at the Queen's estate in Sandringham, Norfolk, eastern England, said a Buckingham Palace fountain to Reuters.
Meghan, a former American TV actress, will try to join by phone from Canada, where she returned earlier this week to join their couple's baby son, Archie.
Harry and Meghan, officially known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, surprised the rest of the royal family on Wednesday by publicly announcing that they wanted a "new model of work" that would allow them to spend more time in North America and be financially independent. .
They did not consult the 93-year-old monarch or other family members before announcing on a new website, sussexroyal.com, a move that hurt and disappointed the queen and other royals, according to a royal source.
The meeting on Monday will be the first time royalty will meet in person to discuss concerns raised by Harry and Meghan.
Authorities have been holding backstage talks since the bombshell to try to work out a new deal for the couple, and a real source said these efforts had made good progress.
The consultations, which also included the British and Canadian governments, paved the way for a face-to-face meeting between Harry and the queen.
The palace source said it remained the queen's goal to find a solution to the crisis in days rather than weeks, but would require "complex and thoughtful discussions" and any deal would take some time to implement.
The split between Harry and the other Windsors is the latest crisis the royal family faced in a period described last month as "bored" by the queen in an annual television speech.
Such is the global interest in Harry and Meghan that their news overshadowed a scandal involving the queen's second son, Prince Andrew, and their friendship with the late American financier Jeffrey Epstein, who hanged himself in jail in August while awaiting trial on federal charges. of sex trafficking.
In an emotional TV interview last October, Harry admitted that he and William had fallen out.
The Sunday Times newspaper said the older prince talked about his sadness in the breach. The brothers were close for years after the death of their mother, Princess Diana, in a car accident in Paris in 1997.
The newspaper quoted William as saying to an unnamed friend: "I put my arm around my brother all my life and I can't do that anymore, we are separate entities.
"I'm sad about that. All we can do and all I can do is try to support them and hope the time comes for everyone to sing from the same page. I want everyone to play on the team." "
Earlier Saturday, the Times reported that Meghan had agreed to do a voice acting job for Disney.
A spokeswoman for Buckingham Palace made no immediate comment on the report. Disney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.