FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Meghan, Duchess of Sussex reacts as she leaves after her visit to Canada House in London, Britain January 7, 2020. Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool via REUTERS
LONDON (Reuters) – Discussions regarding future plans for Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are progressing well and should conclude within days not weeks, a royal source said on Saturday.
The couple, officially known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, blindsided the rest of the royal family on Wednesday by unexpectedly announcing they would be stepping back from their roles to spend more time in North America and earn an income.
They did not consult Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, or other members of the royal family before making their surprise announcement on a new website, https://sussexroyal.com.
Officials spent Friday holding behind-the-scenes meetings about new arrangements for Harry and Meghan and things were progressing well, according to the royal source, who added that the aim was to reach agreement within days.
The source said officials had consulted the British and Canadian governments about the issue of the couple’s future.
Meghan is in Canada with the couple’s baby son, Archie, and she and Harry are reported to be considering basing themselves in that country.
Separately, the London Times newspaper reported that Meghan, a former TV actress, had agreed to record a voiceover for Disney in return for the company making a donation to a charity that works to protect elephants.
The Times gave no details about what Meghan’s voiceover would involve, but said Disney would make a donation to the charity Elephants Without Borders. The newspaper did not say where the information had come from.
An official spokeswoman at Buckingham Palace had no immediate comment on the report. Disney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Reporting by Michael Holden and Estelle Shirbon in London, Daniel Wallis in Washington; Editing by Clelia Oziel and Giles Elgood