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Queen calls crisis meeting following Harry and Meghan’s announcement

Queen Elizabeth has called a family meeting after Harry and Meghan announced that they would be stepping back as senior members of the royal family.

It is an unprecedented move as Queen Elizabeth will meet with Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry this Monday.

The head of the royal family is still in Sandringham after the Christmas period, with the princes set to head to the Norfolk getaway.

Meghan Markle is in Canada but will reportedly phone in during the meeting.

It is believed that this is the first time that Harry has spoken to his family since their decision was announced on Wednesday.

A royal source confirmed to Reuters that roundtable discussions are progressing well in consultation with both British and Canadian governments.

While Meghan has returned to Canada to their son Archie, who remained with their nanny in the country following their six-week break, it’s since been reported by th MailOnline, that the Duchess did not book a return flight.

Harry remained in the UK to hammer out all the details of their new ‘progressive role’ in the royal family and will meet with his grandmother, father and brother next week to come to a final agreement.

Royal insiders suggested talks could take far longer than some claimed. ‘This is their future and their lives. It’s not just going to be quickly signed off,’ one source told the Telegraph.

Ahead of the meeting, Queen Elizabeth has asked the Sussexes to come up with the blueprints that are workable not only for them but the rest of the royal family, including the next generation.

ITV News presenter Tom Bradby insisted it was ‘certainly not true’ to suggest the Royal household was ‘blindsided’ by their decision to step down from senior roles within the monarchy.

However, he has added that the Queen was mad about the timing of the announcement.

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