Harry feels forced out by bullying William
Published : Monday, 13 January, 2020 at 4:30 PM Count : 337
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex feel forced out by Prince William's 'bullying attitude' and Meghan is determined to quit the royal family as her 'heartbroken' husband tries to force an abdication deal with his 93-year-old grandmother today, it has been claimed.
Harry will be warned at his mega-summit with the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William there are formidable obstacles that will take months to overcome before he can stand down as a senior royal and move to Canada.
As members of the family gather for the historic Sandringham showdown, their task is to come up with a 'direction of travel' for the prince and Meghan, who is in Vancouver with Archie.
Royal aides believe the meeting will be held from 2pm so Meghan can 'dial in' at around 6am after fleeing across the Atlantic hours after the couple quit last Wednesday - but the Duchess of Cambridge will not be supporting her husband in Norfolk today and stayed at Kensington Palace to look after their three children.
Today it emerged that Meghan has told Harry she must step away from the royal family just 20 months after marrying into it, partly blaming a bullying attitude from William, and said to her husband over Christmas: 'It's not working for me'.
A Times source close to the couple said of Meghan: 'She wants to leave. He [Harry] is under intense pressure to choose. It is sad. He loves the Queen. I think it will genuinely break his heart to leave. I don't think that's what he really wants. I think they want some halfway house.'
Aides have been working around the clock to come up with a range of options for the couple since they issued their bombshell statement saying they planned to step back from frontline duties and divide their time between the UK and North America, while retaining their royal privileges and titles.
The Queen – who was left 'deeply hurt' by her grandson's decision to release the statement without her knowledge – made clear to courtiers she wanted the problem sorted 'within days' to prevent further damage to the monarchy.
Her Majesty is said to want guarantees that Harry and Meghan's business empire built around their Sussex title doesn't damage the royal family. William and Charles are expected to reject the couple's demands for taxpayer-funded police bodyguards while in the UK and reportedly unhappy about the environmental impact of criss-crossing the Atlantic to carry out royal duties in Britain.
The monarch is under more pressure to find a way forward because the Sussexes could give a tell-all interview to their friend Oprah Winfrey and 'sound off' about the royal family's 'racism and sexism' if they do not get their way at Sandringham, palace aides fear.
The couple are said to see their long-term future in the US – but not while President Donald Trump is President - with friends claiming while the couple plan to live in Canada at first their ultimate aim is to have a home and business in Los Angeles.
As the Queen, the Prince of Wales, Prince William and Prince Harry meet for the first time since early November at the Queen's Norfolk estate, it emerged that:
Harry decided to pull the plug on his royal role 'without a thought' for his older brother and his family with William heartbroken about the broken bond with his only sibling, according to insiders;
Sandringham summit will begin at 2pm UK time, which would be 6am in Vancouver, so Meghan can 'dial in' and support Harry from across the Atlantic;
Although the Sussexes will be settling in Canada, their ultimate goal is to have a home and business in LA – but only after Donald Trump is no longer President, sources have said.
Harry's close friend, broadcaster Tom Bradby, warned that the couple could do an explosive 'tell all' interview if they didn't get their way and it wouldn't 'be pretty'. Their friend Oprah rumoured to be lined up;
Charles arrived in Sandringham last night after a visit to Oman to offer the UK's condolences on the death of the country's emir;
Asked how the Queen was bearing up, her grandson, Peter Phillips, said only that she was doing 'all right'.
Senior royals are gravely disappointed by Harry's decision to pull the plug on his position 'without a thought' for William and his family, insiders revealed.
The 35-year-old is said to be so caught up in his own misery he hasn't considered the fall-out for the brother he was once inseparable from – and his little niece and nephews.
It was reported on Saturday that the Duke of Cambridge is grief-stricken at the broken bond with Harry. 'I've put my arm around my brother all our lives and I can't do that any more; we're separate entities,' he told a friend according to the Sunday Times.
'I'm sad about that. All we can do, and all I can do, is try and support them and hope the time comes when we're all singing from the same page. I want everyone to play on the same team.'
When it was put to Harry last week that he needed to discuss his plans with William at least before 'pressing the nuclear button', he made clear he hadn't any intention of doing so.
Neither had it occurred to him that there would also be ramifications for the young Cambridge children, George, six, Charlotte, four, and Louis, just one. The siblings have only seen their cousin Archie, eight months, once or twice since he was born.
'He is so caught up with his own problems and just hadn't thought through how it would affect everyone else,' said a source with intimate knowledge of the week's events.
Friends say the rift between the two is so deep now that it is unlikely to be repaired for the foreseeable future.
At today's summit staff have managed to achieve the unthinkable in preparing a series of proposals to put on the table, Harry will also be warned that the crisis is not over yet.
There have already been consultations between the UK and Canadian governments, but working out the detail is likely to take weeks or months rather than days.
Behind the scenes, consultations have highlighted a range of stumbling blocks, such as issues of residency, visas, tax and security that may take some time to iron out, depending on what path the couple want to go down.
Today's unprecedented summit will see the four most senior members of the Royal Family and their closest aides sit down together – with Meghan 'likely' to be 'dialling in' by phone from Canada, where she fled back to on Thursday.
She and Harry had left their son, Archie, eight months, at their rented home on Vancouver Island when they returned to Britain.
Harry is set to follow her later this week with no clue of when he will be returning. Following a series of meetings and consultations, the family will be given a range of possibilities to review which take into account the demands outlined by the Sussexes last week.
Bradby, who is believed by the royal household to be acting as Harry and Meghan's 'mouthpiece', told ITV last night that the Royal Family had to achieve a 'sensible' agreement and give 'them the freedom they want, the role that they want in the Royal Family, [and] make sure British taxpayers don't feel cheated.'
But aides have warned that making such a seismic change to their working life and role in the monarchy will take 'complex and thoughtful discussions'.
A royal source said: 'It is anticipated that at the end of the meeting a series of steps will be agreed, in line with Her Majesty's wish for this to be resolved within days not weeks.