Meghan Markle could not join the royal summit meeting to talk about why she and husband Prince Harry want to “step back” from the royal family.
In a historic royal move, the Queen denied Meghan the opportunity to join the meeting on Skype or on a conference call.
Meghan is currently in Canada with baby Archie, while Harry is in the UK. He met with his grandmother, the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William yesterday following the announcement that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will split their time between Canada and the UK.
Harry and Meghan have asked to be removed from the Royal Family list as “senior royals” and would like to pay their own way through endorsements and advertising deals rather than via tax payers money.
But security fears stopped Meghan from joining the meeting via phone amid concerns the call could be intercepted or overheard.
The Queen was keen to stress that the meeting was private and between family members and no-one else.
Instead, Harry reported back to his wife following the historic chat which was said to be “calm”.
Afterwards Harry, William and Charles all left in separate cars to return to their own homes.
Royal courtiers are now working around the clock to make sure that Harry and Meghan leave as quickly as possible and that any worries about titles, responsbilities, payment, living arrangements and tax are sorted out.
The Queen's statement after the meeting read:
"Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family.
"My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan's desire to create a new life as a young family. Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.
"Harry and Meghan have made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives.
"It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK.
"These are complex matters for my family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days."