The Queen and her family have set out a vision of how a new monarchy would emerge, with Prince Harry and Meghan trying to step away from royal life.
They had hardly seen each other for months, but just after lunch they came together to save the monarchy.
Gathering in the Long Library of the family’s 19th Century Sandringham estate, the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry looked each other in the eye and agreed to find a resolution.
Her Majesty had appealed for calm in the face of days of tension from her family and household staff that had threatened to boil over.
Those battling against the winds of change as Harry and wife Meghan plotted their move away, were beckoned to the table to carve a way forward.
With the world’s eyes on a tiny corner of Norfolk, the 93-year-old monarch presided over one of the most extraordinary days of her seven decade reign.
Chairing the meeting, across a large polished table with room for eight chairs, the Queen and her family set out their vision of how a new version of monarchy would emerge.
Over the next two hours they thrashed out the framework of a deal to stop the Duke and Duchess of Sussex from permanently turning their backs on the family.
But the brutal reality remained, that little more than 20 months after marrying in a wedding that captured the hearts of the nation, Harry and Meghan had effectively resigned from The Firm citing feelings of relentless pressure and an unsupportive network.
The six key points
The Queen referred to the couple by their first names and not by their titles in her statement. Does this mean they will lose their titles?
The couple have been asked to suggest a plan to fulfil their wish to be “financially independent”. Deals to be approved by The Palace.
The Queen and other royals have vowed to find a “workable approach” to security issues. Canada has reportedly said it would pay.
The pair took advice from PR gurus in the US, Sir Elton John and Oprah Winfrey. Senior royals want to know exactly who works for them.
Senior royals will demand to know if Harry and Meghan are planning to do a ‘tell-all’ interview – and who would host it.
Where they live
Any new home would have to be assessed by the UK security services and Buckingham Palace due to security concerns.