Queen Elizabeth Orders Unprecedented Royal Summit Over 'Megxit'
Queen Elizabeth has ordered Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry to join her at Sandringham, Norfolk, her country home, for a high-stakes meeting to take place Monday, People magazine reports.
It is thought that Meghan Markle will also participate, likely via phone since she is currently in Canada.
The point of the meeting, a source told People, would be to "talk things through" regarding Harry and Meghan's surprise announcement that they wish to step down from senior royal roles.
The source said, "Following a series of meetings and consultations across the last few days, there is a range of possibilities for the family to review which take into account the thinking the Sussexes outlined earlier in the week."
The source believes the meeting means the Queen intends to resolve the drama in "days not weeks," but went on to say, "There is genuine agreement and understanding that any decision will take time to be implemented."
Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, shocked the world and even royal observers by announcing Wednesday that they intended to "step down as 'senior' members of the royal family," seeking to "become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty the Queen."
The couple said via statement that they would divide their time between the UK and North America. High-level talks leading up to Monday's meeting have involved not only the households of the Queen and all the parties involved, but also the UK and Canadian governments.
Meanwhile, The Times UK reports that Markle has already signed an entertainment deal — albeit one with no commercial benefit to herself. According to the outlet, Markle will do a voice-over for Disney. Monies from the gig would go to Elephants Without Borders, an org that helps to track and save elephants from poachers.