January 14, 2020
Other senior royals including Harry’s father Prince Charles and brother Prince William, with whom he has strained relations, will join the monarch at her private Sandringham estate in eastern England, according to British media.
Meghan will join the meeting via conference call from Canada as they attempt to work out the “next steps” towards a compromise and nip the growing crisis in the bud.
On top of the technical issues, the meeting is set to be a tense family gathering with tensions having apparently pushed some relationships to the brink.
The UK’s Sunday Times reported that Prince William has spoken of his “sadness” at the broken relationship with his brother and voiced sorrow that they are now “separate entities” and that the royal family is no longer a “team.”
“I’ve put my arm around my brother all our lives and I can’t do that any more; we’re separate entities,” the report quoted Prince William as telling a friend. “I’m sad about that. All we can do, and all I can do, is try and support them and hope that the time comes when we’re all singing from the same page. I want everyone to play on the team.”
The younger prince, who has struggled with his role, last year revealed he has been growing apart from his brother, who as second in line to the throne is increasingly pursuing a different path.
Harry has been open about his mental health issues and he and Meghan last year admitted to struggling with the spotlight following their wedding at Windsor Castle in May 2018 and Archie’s birth a year later. The couple have also lashed out at negative news coverage, some of which Harry says was racist — in light of Meghan’s biracial heritage.
Harry, Meghan and son Archie spent Christmas in Canada, with the American former actress returning there this week.
Several Canadian media reported Meghan had returned to Vancouver island off the country’s Pacific coast, where the family spent the year-end holidays and where baby Archie had remained with his nanny.
Senior royals were caught off guard by Wednesday’s announcement that the duke and duchess of Sussex wanted to seek a “progressive new role” and divide their time between Britain and North America.
The queen’s office issued a terse statement the same evening, saying there were “complicated issues that will take time to work through.”
Harry and Meghan said they intended to continue to “fully support” the queen and “collaborate” with senior royals.
- The Times of Israel