Harry and Meghan Markle’s ‘private WhatsApp plan’ during crunch talks with Queen
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are planning to communicate privately via WhatsApp during today's unprecedented summit, it has been claimed.
Harry, 35, will join the Queen, 93, Prince Charles, 71, and Prince William, 37, for crunch talks about his future in a matter of hours at Sandringham.
Meghan, 38, who reportedly flew to Canada a few days ago, is said to hope to take part in the meeting via a conference call.
And it is claimed the former actress will use the popular phone messaging app to exchange strategies with her husband.
A royal source claimed to The Sun: “They want to be able to chat one-to-one as the main players delve into the nitty-gritty of their breakaway.”
The extraordinary negotiations come after the couple announced they would be 'stepping back' as senior royals and plan to become financially independant.
Kensington Palace did not wish to comment.
Meanwhile, the Queen is to chair today's crisis talks as she joins her family to thrash out a plan for Harry and Meghan.
The historic meeting at her private estate will be the first time Harry has met with his grandmother, the Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge since the issue engulfed the royal family this week, making headlines around the world.
The couple triggered a 'royal crisis' by announcing last week they would be stepping back from their duties and spending more time in North America.
It is claimed the couple consulted neither the Queen nor Charles on the announcement, made on Instagram and their own website, a step seen as impertinent and premature.
Harry and Meghan said they wanted to carve out a progressive new role for themselves and work to become "financially independent."
But it was unclear how the couple will become what royal biographers said was akin to being a "half royal" – and who will pay for their transatlantic lifestyles.
Meghan has returned to Canada to be with their son Archie after the couple spent six weeks in the country in late 2019.
The duchess flew to Canada a few days ago where the family spent an extended festive break in the province of British Columbia.
It is thought William will be travelling to the estate in Norfolk from his Kensington Palace apartment and Harry from Frogmore Cottage near Windsor Castle.
Charles was in Oman to attend a condolence ceremony following the death of Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said, and was due to travel back to the UK on Sunday evening.
The Queen attended church at Sandringham on Sunday where wellwishers expressed sympathy for her, and clapped as she left, with some members of the public saying that Harry and Meghan should not receive any more taxpayers' money.
The monarch was pictured arriving for the service wearing a hearing aid for what is believed to be the first time in public.
Harry and Meghan are said to have left the Queen feeling "hurt" by their bombshell announcement that they plan to step back as senior royals, become financially independent and split their time between the UK and North America.
There are a range of issues to be discussed today, and it is likely the royals will try to come to some agreement before the meeting ends to stop the immediate crisis causing lasting damage to the monarchy.
Harry and Meghan's 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.
Other important issues to resolve include who will pay for the substantial security cost of protecting the couple and their baby son if they spend large portions of the year in Canada and possibly America.
It is not known what time the family plan to meet, how long the summit is expected to last or whether the entire day has been set aside to find a solution.
Before the meeting, the royals will be given written proposals produced by their offices and others, including relevant government departments from the UK and Canada, where it is thought Harry and Meghan will establish a second home.
It is not known who else, if anyone, will be at the meeting – but it is likely the private secretaries of the four royals may join part of the talks to assist with any questions.
On Thursday, the Queen, Charles and William gave orders for their households to work with the Sussexes' team to quickly find a "workable solution" to their desire to change the direction of their royal lives, but still support the Queen.
A royal source said "next steps" will be agreed at the meeting, adding that it is the Queen's wish that the issue is resolved "at pace".
Some at Buckingham Palace are reported to fear that Harry and Meghan could conduct a potentially damaging television interview if they do not get what they want.
In an article for The Sunday Times, broadcaster Tom Bradby – a friend of both Harry and William – said: "I have some idea of what might be aired in a full, no-holds-barred, sit-down interview and I don't think it would be pretty."
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