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Revealed: How Prince Harry 'defied the Queen' by announcing plans for him and Meghan Markle to quit as senior royals – Evening Standard, Standard.co.uk


        

                     

                              

  

    

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Prince Harrydefied clear instructions from the Queen not to announce that he and Meghan are to quit as “senior” royals, the Evening Standard has been told.

                                                                                                                                                

The Queen made it clear to her grandson that he should not proceed with any announcement this week about his future after he requested a meeting with her atSandringham, according to senior sources.

                                                                                                                                                   

The Duke of Sussex’s apparent refusal to comply with an explicit request from the head of the royal family will help to explain the unprecedented expressions of “hurt” and “disappointment” from the palace over last night’s statement.

                                                                                                                                                                     

The Standard has also been told that Prince William tried to build bridges with his brother in the autumn shortly after the airing of an ITV documentary about theDuke and Duchess of Sussexin October.

                                                                                                                                                         

      

        Queen Elizabeth, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (AP)              

It is understood that William wanted to visit Harry at his Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage, but the meeting never happened.

                                                                                                                                                

The Standard has learned of the dramatic sequence of events that led to the sixth in line to the throne effectively resigning from his frontline role “after many months of reflection and internal discussions” in the Sussexes’ bombshell announcement last night.

                                                                                                                                                            

But the Sussexes believe they are helping to deliver a slimmed-down monarchy and that they believe they have the ability to reach out to a younger and more diverse audience than other members of the royal family.

                                                                                                                                                

It is understood that:

                                                                                                                                                 Harry originally contacted Prince Charles about spending more time in Canada and America just before Christmas, but was told he needed to come up with a thought-out plan.

  • Harry sent a draft proposal about his future role to his father early in the New Year but was again informed that more time was needed to think through the complex implications, particularly over funding.
  • Harry asked for a summit with the Queen at Sandringham as soon as he, Meghan and their son Archie, arrived back from their long Christmas break in Canada at the weekend.
  • He was told that while the Queen was happy to meet him, she would not discuss his wishlist before he had Discussed it in detail with his father.
  • The planned meeting was blocked by courtiers, but the Queen made it clear to Harry that he should not go public about his future plans at this time.
  • Prince Charles and Prince William, the next two in the line of succession, were only sent a copy of Harry and Meghan’s statement ”11 minutes ”before it was released and without any further consultation.
  • Senior courtiers have warned that “Harry and Meghan will be punished for this”.
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