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Queen and Prince Charles in 'calm' talks with Prince Harry over decision to quit as 'senior' royal

The Queen and Prince Charles have been locked in “calm” conversations with Prince Harry today as they try to head off a royal crisis, the Evening Standard understands.

The monarch and her heir, Charles, have held a number of conference calls – Her Majesty from Sandringham and Charles in Birkhall, Scotland – with Harry to reach a consensus over his decision to quit as a “senior” royal along with his wife Meghan.

Royal aides from across the Households have been instructed to liaise with Government departments to help find a solution to the issues within days.

“Everyone is pulling together to make this work,” one source told the Evening Standard.

“The Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex have been in constant communication through out the day to find a sensible resolution to the issues.

“There has been no retribution. No finger pointing. The conversations have been calm, constructive and productive.

“Nobody is blaming anyone, it is all about making it work for all parties concerned,” said a senior figure.

The development comes after senior sources said that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex ignored instructions from the Queen not to go public with their bombshell announcement to step back from their roles.

As reported earlier by the Evening Standard, the Queen is said to have 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 at Sandringham. 

But Harry and Meghan went ahead and released their personal statement on Wednesday evening which was a “bolt from the blue” for Buckingham Palace, sources said. 

In the statement, the sixth in line to the throne effectively resigned from his frontline role “after many months of reflection and internal discussions”. 

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

The Queen, Prince of Wales and other senior royals were not consulted about the content of the couple’s statement or knew it was to be issued, with Charles and the Duke of Cambridge only receiving it 10 minutes before it was released, sources said. 

Buckingham Palace said in a statement after the announcement: “We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.”

Source: Evening Standard UK

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