'Royal showdown' looms as Queen to host crisis meeting at Sandringham

A royal showdown is looming with the Queen set to meet with Prince Charles and his sons to discuss Prince Harry and Meghan's future.

The Queen, Prince Charles and his sons Prince William and Harry will sit down together in Sandringham on Monday while Meghan is expected to dial into the meeting from Canada.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex surprised the rest of the Royal Family on Wednesday by announcing they wanted a new working model that would allow them to split their time between the UK and North America, as well as working to become financially independent.

It was later revealed the pair did not consult the Queen or other members of the family before making the announcement on Instagram.

A Buckingham Palace source told Reuters it remained the Queen's aim to find resolution to the crisis in days rather than weeks, but it would require complex and thoughtful discussions.

Any agreement would take time to be implemented, the source said.

"I've put my arm around my brother all our lives and I can't do that anymore... I'm sad about that," Prince William has said, as reported by The Sunday Times.

Prince William's wife, Kate Middleton, has yet to publicly address the controversy.

The Daily Mail claims, citing a palace source, that the family is keen not to intensify the situation further.

ITV News' royal editor Chris Ship said it was "highly unusual" for the family to host such a meeting.

"The summit on the Sandringham estate is unlikely to find the definitive solution on Monday but courtiers do want to make some kind of announcement next week," Ship wrote for ITV.

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