The Real Reason Meghan Markle Chose Not To Call In To the Queen’s Emergency Meeting

After Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex‘s bombshell announcement last week a lot of questions were raised leaving Queen Elizabeth II to call for an emergency royal summit.

Her Majesty asked Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince Harry to join the meeting in person at her Sandringham estate in Norfolk on Jan. 13. Harry’s wife had returned to Canada where the couple’s son, Archie, was so the queen invited Meghan to join via telephone or video. But she did not and now we know the reason why.

Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry
Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Why Meghan really didn’t join the conference

Prince Harry was at the meeting with his grandmother, father, and brother alone because Markle denied Queen Elizabeth’s request to join from abroad.

Typically when the queen asks someone in the royal family to do something for her it gets done, therefore Meghan choosing not to attend raised a lot of eyebrows and caused speculation from different media outlets in the U.K. One report suggested that the time difference was the reason the Duchess of Sussex did not join, while another claimed that she was banned from calling in because of security issues.

In an effort to halt any further rumors from circulating the Palace issued a statement explaining why Meghan did not take part in the historic royal summit.

“In the end, The Sussexes decided that it wasn’t necessary for The Duchess to join,” the palace said according to The Sun’s royal correspondent, Emily Andrews.

In that same tweet Andrews added, “But we understand Harry was in contact with his wife while at Sandringham, to keep her in the loop.”

Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle | DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS – WPA Pool/Getty Images

The outcome of the meeting

Although she was not there, the meeting was a success for Meghan and her husband as they finally got Her Majesty’s support to “step back as senior royals,” become “financially independent,” and split their time between the U.K. and Canada.

Following the meeting, Queen Elizabeth released a statement which read: “My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family. Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.

“Harry and Meghan have made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives. It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the U.K. These are complex matters for my family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days.”

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