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Meghan Markle returns to Canada as Queen orders royals to find 'workable solution' to her and Harry's future

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The Duchess of Sussex has returned to Canada as teams for the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William began work to find a “workable solution” over Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s future in the royal family, following their bombshell announcement earlier this week.

Buckingham Palace has said the Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge had instructed their aides to work “at pace” alongside other governments and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, with an outcome expected in “days, not weeks”.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II visits Royal British Legion Industries village in Aylesford, Britain, November 6, 2019. Richard Pohle/Pool via REUTERS
The Queen has ordered royal teams to find a "workable solution" to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's position in the royal family (Picture: Richard Pohle/Pool via REUTERS)

Meghan has already returned to Canada, where eight-month-old baby Archie stayed with his nanny when his parents flew back to London.

A spokeswoman for the duchess said: “I can confirm she is in Canada.”

Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Canada House in London, Britain  January 7, 2020. Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool via REUTERS
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex plan to work to become financially independent, according to their statement (Picture: Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool via REUTERS)

The return of Meghan to Canada, which is understood to have always been planned, leaves Harry to deal with the fallout of Wednesday’s shock announcement that the couple plan to “step back” as senior royals.

Their statement said the couple will “work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen” and plan to split their time between the UK and North America.

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The Queen and other members of the family were reportedly “hurt” by the decision to issue the statement, which they were apparently not consulted on.

According to the Evening Standard, Prince Charles and Harry’s brother William only received the statement 10 minutes before it was released.

FISHLAKE, SOUTH YORKSHIRE - DECEMBER 23: Prince Charles, Prince Of Wales tours the village of Fishlake during a visit to South Yorkshire which was hit by floods earlier this year, on December 23, 2019 in Fishlake, South Yorkshire. A month’s worth of rain fell in just 24 hours which left over 25 roads and 4 bridges closed and approximately 1,000 residential properties were flooded or became uninhabitable. (Photo by Nigel Roddis - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Charles' aides are also working on a solution following his son's bombshell announcement (Picture: Nigel Roddis - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Harry and Meghan’s decision has raised questions over whether their will retain their Royal titles and over funding for their round-the-clock security - both subjects it is likely will be at the heart of talks over how to find the so-called “workable solution” for their future.

The PA news agency said it understands the royal family will talk to multiple governments, suggesting US and Canadian officials may be involved, while other reports suggested that Home Secretary Priti Patel would be involved in the talks around security for the couple.

It is not known whether there will be a showdown between Harry and his brother, father and grandmother, but if the royals are to meet in person, they have several days free of any public engagements now.

The Duke of Cambridge is due to be in Yorkshire for a number of appearances next Wednesday, alongside the Duchess of Cambridge, while Harry is not expected to be seen in public again until next Thursday when he will do the draw for the Rugby League World Cup in 2021.

It is likely any talks will be hoped to be concluded before the Prince of Wales travels to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories at the end of the month to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.

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