Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Newzealand House

Meghan Markle stayed out of the royal meeting because The Sussexes felt it 'wasn't necessary' for her to be there

15 Jan 2020

Following their decision to step back from royal duties

Meghan Markle was not involved in Monday’s meeting of senior British royals because she felt it “wasn’t necessary" according to reports.

The former Suits actress and her husband, Prince Harry, last week announced their intention to "step back" from their duties as senior members of the royal family, prompting Queen Elizabeth II to call a meeting to discuss her family’s future role in the monarchy.

While Meghan was assumed to be attending the meeting remotely via phone, a statement from Buckingham Palace confirmed on Tuesday that the Duchess was not involved — insisting it was a choice made by her and her husband.

“In the end, The Sussexes decided that it wasn’t necessary for The Duchess to join,” the statement read, reported royal correspondent for Britain's The Sun newspaper, Emily Andrews.

However, they clarified Harry was in regular contact with his wife to “keep her in the loop” about the talks with his immediate family, including dad Prince Charles and brother Prince William.

Harry is expected to fly out to Canada to be with Meghan and son Archie by the end of this week, after being granted permission by the Queen to split the couple's time between there and the U.K., according to the Evening Standard newspaper