Justin Trudeau has offered his support to Harry and Meghan and said most Canadians would welcome the couple making their home there.
Following talks with senior royals at Sandringham on Monday, the Queen said she was “entirely supportive” of the couple’s desire for a new role but “would have preferred” them to remain full-time working royals. She said she expected final decision to be made in the coming days.
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The debate over the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s retreat from royal life rages on, with arguments ranging from allegations of fraternal bullying to “ruthless” tabloid attacks.
Back to business for William after Sandringham summit
The Duke of Cambridge went back to work today following the Sandringham summit. Prince William was leading an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, handing out honours to figures from sport and entertainment. He was at Sandringham yesterday for the crisis summit with the Queen, Prince Charles and his brother to discuss Harry and Meghan’s future roles. William arrived at the Queen’s Norfolk estate at 1.45pm, just 15 minutes before the talks began.
Meanwhile, The Duchess of Cornwall arrives at the University of Aberdeen where she will present an honorary degree to her sister-in-law the Princess Royal.
Prince Harry to join Meghan ‘at $14m Vancouver mansion this week’
Prince Harry is preparing to join his wife Meghan and baby Archie in Canada at the end of the week following a “constructive” summit on the young family’s future within the monarchy. They are believed to be staying at the $14 million mansion on Vancouver Island where the family spent their extended Christmas break. It has been reported that the waterfront home is owned by Hollywood mogul Frank Giustra, although he has denied this.
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Meghan did not join Sandringham talks by phone, source confirms
Meghan did not join in with talks about her and Prince Harry’s future in the royal family. There has been speculation about whether Meghan, who is in Canada, participated in Monday’s royal summit by telephone. A source said: “In the end, the Sussexes decided that it wasn’t necessary for the duchess to join.” Prince Harry met with the Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge for face-to-face talks on Monday at Sandringham, the Queen’s private Norfolk estate.
Did Meghan join the Sandringham summit?
There has been speculation about whether Meghan, who is in Canada, was able to participate in Monday’s royal summit by telephone.
A source said:
“In the end, the Sussexes decided that it wasn’t necessary for the duchess to join.”
GMB guest slams Morgan for ‘personal vendetta’ against Meghan Markle
Good Morning Britain guest Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu accused Piers Morgan of having a “personal vendetta” against Meghan Markle during a heated debate on Tuesday. Dr Mos-Shogbamimu – who was praised for her straight-talking This Morning interview on Monday – took Morgan to task on his own attitudes to Meghan and Prince Harry. The presenter had asked her: “Where is this racism that you keep talking about?
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Boris Johnson is ‘absolutely confident’ royal crisis will be resolved
Boris Johnson has said he is “absolutely confident” that the royal family would be able to resolve the crisis around Prince Harry and Meghan’s future roles. Speaking on BBC Breakfast, he called the Royal Family one of the “great assets” of the UK. He said: “My view on this is very straightforward: I am a massive fan – like most of our viewers – of the Queen and the royal family as a fantastic asset for our country.
PM ‘confident’ royal crisis will be resolved
Boris Johnson said he was “absolutely confident” that the royal family would be able to resolve the crisis around the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s future roles.
Speaking on BBC Breakfast, he said:
“The Royal family is one of the great, great assets of this country and I’m sure they are going to sort it out.
“I don’t think it is helped by me weighing in.
“I’m very, very confident things will be resolved.”
Mr Johnson refused to be drawn on whether Meghan had been subjected to racist media coverage.
Emperor and Empress of Japan announce state visit
As royal officials work towards finalising details around Harry and Meghan’s new role within the monarchy, the Emperor and Empress of Japan announce they will be making a state visit to the UK this spring, Buckingham Palace said.
Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako have accepted an invitation from the Queen and will stay at Windsor Castle.
Trudeau: Lots of discussions to be had about Harry and Meghan’s move
Justin Trudeau has said there are “many discussions” yet to be had about the details of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s move to Canada. The country’s prime minister said his government is “supportive” of Harry and Meghan’s move but that the cost still needs to be discussed.
What causes will Meghan likely focus on in her new role?
Meghan has forged ahead with two high-profile projects during her time in the UK.
She is patron of Smart Works, an organisation preparing women for job interviews, and has championed a group of Grenfell-supporting women based at the Hubb Community Kitchen in North Kensington.
The duchess was the driving force behind the Smart Set collection of clothes for Smart Works, sold by High Street retailers, and a cookbook which featured recipes from the Hubb chefs.
Speaking in September 2019 on the day she launched the outfits, aimed at women attending job interviews, she said: “Since moving to the UK, it has been deeply important to me to meet with communities and organisations on the ground doing meaningful work and to try to do whatever I can to help them amplify their impact.
“It was just last September that we launched the Together cookbook with the women of the Hubb Kitchen in Grenfell. Now, one year later, I am excited to celebrate the launch of another initiative of women supporting women, and communities working together for the greater good.”
When Meghan briefly returned to the UK last week, she made a point of travelling to the Hubb with Harry and posted pictures on their Instagram account to highlight the visit.
The Daily Mail has reported that Meghan was blocked from dialling in on the royal family’s discussion about her and Harry’s future roles due to security fears.
The idea was rejected because no one knew for sure who else might have been listening in, according to the newspaper. An insider told them: “This was a highly confidential family discussion, not a conference call.”
As well as confirmation on funding, security and titles, other issues include:
– The official engagements will Harry and Meghan will carry out, and how many
– The proportion of their time will be spent on royal duties, and what happens to their Commonwealth roles, their charities and their patronages
– How they ensure there is not a conflict of interest between their royal duties and their private work
– If they will pay rent on Frogmore Cottage and whether this would be at a commercial rate or a peppercorn rent
– Where they will live in Canada and who will pay for their home.
– Where they will pay tax
– Where Archie will go to school
– Meghan’s British citizenship application. Whether or not this been completed
Justin Trudeau has said there are “many discussions” yet to be had about the details of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s move to Canada.
The country’s prime minister said his government is “supportive” of Harry and Meghan’s move but that the cost still needs to be discussed.
Mr Trudeau’s remarks came after it emerged he had privately assured the Queen that Harry, Meghan and Archie would be kept safe if they chose to live there.
Speaking to Global News about the move, he said: “I think most Canadians are very supportive of having royals be here, but how that looks and what kind of costs are involved, there are still lots of discussions to have.”
The Queen’s discussions with Prince Harry over his and Meghan’s future roles within the royal family will be splashed across the fronts of some of the UK’s national newspapers tomorrow.
“You can go your own way” is the headline carried on the Metro’s front page, while the Telegraph opted for: “The Queen’s reluctant farewell” alongside part of the monarch’s latest statement.
The Mail described the statement, which followed a royal summit earlier today, as “historic” and “deeply personal”. It said the Queen gave in to Harry and Meghan’s demands “reluctantly”.