The Queen's Aides Have Reportedly Hit a "Deadlock" in Finalizing the Details of Harry and Meghan's Exit

*Several* issues remain unresolved.

The Queen & Meghan Markle
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  • Queen Elizabeth's top aides have reportedly hit a "deadlock" in negotiating the terms of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's exit (opens in new tab) from the royal family.
  • The Queen has instructed her courtiers to move quickly to an agreement, giving them a timeline of "days, not weeks" to come up with a plan.
  • Issues still being negotiated include the future of the Sussexes (opens in new tab)' titles, finances, and security arrangements.

Although Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (opens in new tab) announced their decision to step back from their roles as senior members of the royal family more than a week ago, the details of their exit are still being negotiated.

According to a new report from the Daily Mail (opens in new tab), the Queen's top aides are still working on the deal—and it's not going great.

The Mail reports that a source close to the royals says the negotiations (opens in new tab) are in a "deadlock" and that, in spite of "huge pressure" to reach an agreement by the end of this week, insiders say it "couldn't be done."

Still, Buckingham Palace is reportedly expected to release a statement with an update about Harry and Meghan's exit (opens in new tab) "imminently," according to the Daily Mail. The Queen is apparently pressuring her courtiers to come up with a solution to the issue quickly—"in days, not weeks." 

Among the issues still being ironed out are the future of the Sussexes' titles, finances (opens in new tab), and security arrangements.

Harry is still in the United Kingdom following a summit in Sandringham (opens in new tab) on Monday with the Queen, Prince Charles, and Prince William (opens in new tab). Meghan, on the other hand, is still in Canada with their son, Archie Harrison.


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Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.