Queen Elizabeth calls emergency family meeting for Monday to discuss ‘next steps’ for Harry and Meghan

Royal souvenirs depicting Britain's Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex (L) with his wife Meghan the Duchess of Sussex, and Queen Elizabteh II (R) at a souvenir shop in London, Britain. EPA-EFE/ANDY RAIN

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Queen Elizabeth will meet with members of the Royal Family on Monday at her Sandringham estate in eastern England to agree on “next steps” after Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, decided to “step back” as senior royals, Buckingham Palace said Saturday.

The palace said “a range of possibilities” was on the table, but the Queen was determined to resolve the situation within “days not weeks” after Harry and Meghan announced their news without consulting the monarch.

As the British media went into meltdown over the news, the Queen moved quickly to take back control, summoning her son and heir, Prince Charles, and grandsons, Princes William and Harry, to a crisis meeting to sort things out.

Elizabeth, who assumed the throne in 1952, has weathered family crises before, and is determined not to let her grandson and granddaughter-in-law weaken the House of Windsor or undermine the monarchy.

Palace officials have told the BBC the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge are expected to attend the meeting.

The Sussexes say they plan to step back as senior members of the royal family.

There is no suggestion that a conclusion will be reached at the meeting.

Meghan returned to Canada to join her son Archie amid the ongoing talks, which have involved the UK and Canadian governments.

She and Prince Harry had been in Canada over Christmas, before they returned to the UK on Tuesday after a six-week break from royal duties.

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