Prince Charles is determined to keep Prince Harry and Meghan Markle within the royal family.
Wanting to keep the Sussexes at the heart of the royal family, Charles is said to want them to stay, as they are prominent in the progressive monarchy in the 21st century.
A senior royal source revealed to The Mirror: ‘There’s a genuine fear from Charles that this could be the beginning of the end for Harry and Meghan’s involvement with the family and that, in his words would be ‘an utter tragedy’.
The source suggested Charles has asked everyone to work together to ‘bring them back into the fold before it is too late’ as he realises their benefit to the monarchy’s popularity around the world.
‘The message is clear: the stakes are too high to lose the one of the family’s greatest assets,’ the source continued.
Charles is looking to create a ‘slimmed down’ monarchy, which would put Harry and Meghan’s popularity to good use.
But the source revealed that Charles is disheartened by their decision to step down, especially as it came as a shock to him.
With the future of the royal family being outlined to William and Harry by their father, he was going to allow Harry to have a more ‘fluid role’.
And it seemed Harry had been in agreement with their future roles but the news of them being more independent is causing Charles to be alarmed.
After a meeting with the Queen, Charles, the Cambridges and the Sussexes this week, the couple have been given a range of new options they can go for instead of stepping down.
Meghan and Harry took a six-week break over the Christmas period before announcing their decision to step down.
In a statement, they said: ‘After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution.’
‘We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen.’
‘It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment.’
‘We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages.’