Queen and Prince Charles left in the dark over Harry and Meghan Markle’s bombshell statement on stepping down from ‘senior’ duties

The Queen and Prince Charles were left in the dark about the timing of Prince Harry and Meghan’s statement that they intended to quit royal duties.

It is understood Prince Harry told senior royals of his intentions but was told to put it in writing.

When his intentions became public he decided to make his official announcement any way on his website, sources said.

Insiders said it has led to “anger and confusion” among senior royals and officials at the palace at the way it has been handled.

Buckingham Palace also said discussions with Harry and Meghan on their decision to step back from the Royal family were “at an early stage”, warning the situation would be “complicated”.

Following the dramatic announcement, a Palace spokeswoman said: “We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.”

Elizabeth II, Meghan Markle are posing for a picture: It is understood The Queen was out of the loop on the timing of the statement (AP)© Provided by Evening Standard It is understood The Queen was out of the loop on the timing of the statement (AP)

The BBC has claimed the Palace is “disappointed” by the couple’s bombshell statement.

Harry, Meghan and their son Archie will split their time between the UK and North America and work to become “financially independent” as they seek to “provide our family with the space to focus on the next chapter”.

The bombshell announcement, which comes after “months of reflection and internal discussions”, followed weeks of speculation about the couple’s future after they took an extended break from royal duties over the festive period.

In a message, which they posted on Instagram, they added: “It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment.”

Prince Harry wearing a suit and tie: Meghan and Harry will now split their time between the UK and North America(Getty Images)© Provided by Evening Standard Meghan and Harry will now split their time between the UK and North America(Getty Images)

This followed weeks of speculation about the couple’s future after they took an extended break from royal duties over the festive period.

Last year, they made an emotional appearance in a documentary in which they discussed the pressures they faced in the public eye. Harry also issued a damning statement against the media accusing sections of the press of bullying his wife.

Harry and Meghan have only recently returned from their six-week break spent in the Canadian province of British Columbia with their eight-month-old son Archie.

The pair, who welcomed Archie into the world last year, embarked on their first engagement of the year, with a visit to Canada House, after spending the Christmas period on Vancouver Island.

Harry said they had received an “unbelievable” welcome while in the Commonwealth country for around six weeks.​

The Sussex’s financial aims have been outlined on their official website which states the couple “…value the ability to earn a professional income, which in the current structure they are prohibited from doing. For this reason they have made the choice to become members of the royal family with financial independence.”

Any future role which the couple take on for financial gain will have to be scrutinised to ensure they are not seen as profiteering from their position as members of the monarchy.

Royal commentators are likely to interpret the couple’s decision – and the Jeffrey Epstein sex scandal that has engulfed the Duke of York – as a full-blown crisis for the monarchy.

Harry, who is one of the most popular members of the royal family with the public, and Prince Andrew will now have a far lower public profile at a time of potentially great change for the country as Britain leaves the EU.

The couple’s move follows weeks of speculation about their future after they took an extended break from royal duties over the festive period.

In an ITV documentary they spoke about the pressures they have been facing and family rifts, and in a separate move Harry issued a damning statement against the media accusing sections of the press of bullying his wife.

The couple said in their statement: “After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution.

“We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the royal family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty the Queen.

“It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment.

“We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to the Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages.

“This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity.”

Source: Standard.co.uk

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