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Queen orders workable solutions over Harry-Meghan crisis

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By IANS Updated: Jan 10, 2020 5:04 pm
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The figures of Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, left, in their original positions next to Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, in London.(AP/PTI)

London, Jan. 10 (IANS): Queen Elizabeth II has ordered all four royal households of the UK to find “workable solutions” to the crisis with Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle “within days not weeks”, following the announcement that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were stepping back as “senior royals” and would work to become financially independent, according to a source.

The royal family was working “at pace” to sort out the new situation after Wednesday’s shock announcement, metro.co.uk reported citing the Buckingham Palace source as saying on Thursday.

On Wednesday night, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said that they would be “stepping back” as senior royals, adding that they wanted to become financially independent and would divide their time between the UK and North America.

It was also reported that Harry and Meghan reportedly ignored instructions from the Queen not to go public with their announcement.

According to the Evening Standard, Harry’s father Prince Charles and brother William, the Duke of Cambridge only received the statement 10 minutes before it was released.

The Buckingham Palace has refused to give out details , but it was likely that royal aides were organising Harry’s showdown meeting with his father and the Queen, the metro.co.uk report said.

“We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through,” it said in a statement.

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By IANS Updated: Jan 10, 2020 5:04:00 pm