Meghan Markle ‘flies back to Canada’ as Prince Harry remains in UK amid fallout over bombshell move
The Duchess of Sussex has reportedly flown back to Canada as Prince Harry remains in the UK amid a fallout over the couple’s move to resign as senior royals.
Meghan was on Thursday returning to North America, where she and the duke’s eight-month-old son Archie had been left with his nanny, it is understood.
She “hadn’t planned” to stay in the UK for long after arriving in Britain on Monday ahead of the bombshell announcement, sources told the Daily Mail.
It comes after the Queen, Prince Charles and the Duke of Cambridge were said to have ordered their teams to find a “workable solution” over Harry and Meghan’s future amid four-way talks to head off a royal crisis.
Buckingham Palace revealed they would work “at pace” to find an outcome for Harry and Meghan in a matter of “days, not weeks”.
Royal aides from across the households have also been instructed to liaise with Government departments amid suggestions US and Canadian officials may be involved.
The Queen released a fresh statement on the move, which was described on Wednesday as a “complicated issue”.
It read: “The Queen, the Prince Of Wales and Duke of Cambridge have directed their teams to work together at pace with the government and the Sussex household to find workable solutions.”
And the royals seem to have the next five days free of any public engagements.
The Duke of Cambridge is due to be in Yorkshire for a number of appearances next Wednesday, alongside the Duchess of Cambridge. Meanwhile, Harry is not expected to be seen in public again until next Thursday, when he will do the draw for the Rugby League World Cup in 2021.
Given the Queen’s timetable of “days” it is likely they will want any talks concluded before the Prince of Wales travels to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories at the end of the month, to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the former Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau.
The latest developments reveal the divisions within the heart of the British monarchy which has already been rocked by the Duke of York’s disastrous television interview about his relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Harry and Meghan went ahead and released their personal announcement on Wednesday evening which was a “bolt from the blue” for Buckingham Palace, sources said.
The Sussexes outlined their future plans in their statement and it will be for royal household staff and aides to work together to make them a reality.
The statement – and a new official Sussexroyal.com website – have thrown up important questions about funding for the couple’s round-the-clock security, media access to their royal events and how they will pay for their future lifestyles.
The Duke and Duchess, who had only recently returned from a six-week stay in Canada with eight-month-old son Archie, said in their statement: “After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution.
“We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the royal family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty the Queen.”
Meghan received a public boost from her close friend Jessica Mulroney, a Canadian stylist and TV star, who posted a quote attributed to Gina Carey. It said: “A strong woman looks a challenge in the eye and gives it a wink.”
But a series of commentators have strongly criticised their decision with public relations and crisis consultant Mark Borkowski saying about the Sussexes: “It does feel like a royal couple in exile”.
It is already known 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.
However, it is understood that Charles and the Duke of Cambridge only received it 10 minutes before it was released.
Buckingham Palace said after the announcement: “We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.”