Meghan Markle was not a part of the Queen’s royal meeting regarding her and Prince Harry’s future Monday, despite previous claims she would be dialling in from Canada.
A royal source said, according to the Guardian: “In the end, the Sussexes decided that it wasn’t necessary for the duchess to join.”
It was also thought there were concerns over eavesdroppers listening in to such an important conversation.
Prince Harry was joined by his brother William and dad Charles for the meeting.
William was then straight back to work Tuesday, honouring Alex Duguid with an MBE for his services to Deaf People and to British Sign Language Education.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex revealed last week that they were stepping back as senior royals and wanted to become financially independent.
They also said they wanted to split their time between Canada — where they spent the holidays — and the U.K.
The Queen said in a statement following the royals’ meeting on Monday: “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.”
Read Her Majesty’s full statement here.