Jan 12, 2020

Queen to hold summit with senior royals on Meghan and Harry: Report

The royals on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, 2018. Photo: Paul Grover/AFP via Getty Images

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is holding an emergency summit with senior royal family members including Prince Harry Monday to discuss his future role and that of Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, multiple British news outlets report.

The reaction: The Times reports Prince William spoke of his "sadness" over the couple's decision to step down as senior royals and split their time between the U.K. and North America, but he hoped for a reconciliation his brother, telling a friend: "I’ve put my arm around my brother all our lives and I can’t do that any more; we’re separate entities."

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Prince Harry addresses his and Meghan Markle's royal decision

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Oct. 2. Photo: Samir Hussein/WireImage

Prince Harry told a London charity event Sunday he and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, had "no other option" but to step back from working as senior members of Britain's royal family.

Why it matters: In his first speech since the couple agreed to relinquish their "royal highness" titles in order to split their time between the U.K. and North America, Harry expressed "great sadness" about the move. He alluded to British press harassment in his speech, saying "the media is a powerful force." They hoped to continue to with duties "without public funding," he said. "Unfortunately, that wasn't possible."

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Harry and Meghan Markle to repay $3.1 million in taxpayer funds, forego titles

Harry and Markle at the British High Commissioner residency in Oct. 2019. Photo: Michele Spatari/AFP via Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have agreed to repay roughly 2.4 million pounds, or $3.1 million, of taxpayer money spent on Windsor Castle renovations, AP reports.

The big picture: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will also no longer use "royal highness" titles, or receive any public funds as part of their deal to "step back" as senior royals, per AP.

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Queen Elizabeth II agrees to "period of transition" for Harry and Meghan

Queen Elizabeth II in the House of Lord's Chamber at the Houses of Parliament. Photo: Richard Pohle - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II said in a statement Monday she has agreed to a "period of transition" in which Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, will split time between the United Kingdom and Canada, after the pair announced last week they would "step back" as senior members of the royal family.

Why it matters: It's an expression of support that follows an emergency family summit this weekend. The queen said she would have "preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family," but respects their wish to live a "more independent life."

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