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  1. Revealed: Canada says it will pick up Harry and Meghan’s security bill while they are in the country  Evening Standard
  2. Queen agrees ‘transition’ to new role for Harry and Meghan  BBC News
  3. The Queen has played a shrewd hand at the ‘…

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has agreed taxpayers in his country should pick up the huge bill for the couples round-the-clock protection while they are in the country, the Evening Standard has learned. 
Mr Trudeau still dealing with the fall-out from the downing of a Ukrainian aircraft by the Iranian military which killed 57 Canadians  has privately assured the Queen that Harry, Meghan and Archies safety will not be jeopardised while they reside there.
But it is feared that the move to pay about half the estimated £1 million annual bill could lead to a furious backlash in the country and threatens to damage the status of the monarchy there.
A poll conducted in August 2017 found that 41 per cent of Canadians wanted to abolish the monarchy following the death or abdication of the Queen, while 43 per cent were in favour of maintaining ties.
Justin Trudeau has privately assured the Queen that Harry, Meghan and Archies safety will not be jeopardised while they are in Canada (REUTERS)
The Governor General, who represents the Queen in Canada, is protected by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and as a prince of the realm of Canada, Harry and his family will be protected by the same team of guards, which will have to be expanded.
It came as Prince Harry was expected to arrive at Sandringham for showdown talks with the Queen, his father and his brother over his plans to stand down as a senior royal.
Meghan, in Canada with son Archie, could join the conversation by conference call but may not be able to due to the time difference, sources said.
Harry steels himself for historic summit with royal family
Todays summit comes five days after the bombshell announcement from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex that they want to step back, seek financial independence and spend much of their time in North America.
The fallout has engulfed the Windsor dynasty in one of its biggest crises since the death of William and Harrys mother, Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997.
Prince Charles arrived at Sandringham, the Queens Norfolk estate, last night after a whistlestop visit to Oman to pay his condolences to the new ruler following the death of Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex: Prince Harry & Meghan Markle
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex: Prince Harry & Meghan Markle
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle kiss on the steps of St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding in St George’s Chapel
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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose with their newborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex holding their son Archie during a meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Mrs Tutu at their legacy foundation in cape Town, on day three of their tour of Africa
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Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle announce their engagement in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a Wheelchair Tennis match during the Invictus Games 2017
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle embrace following the polo at Coworth Park on 7 May 2017
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Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle announce their engagement in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during a walkabout on the esplanade at Edinburgh Castle
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet Pony Major Mark Wilkinson and regimental mascot Cruachan IV during a walkabout on the esplanade at Edinburgh Castle
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a Wheelchair Tennis match during the Invictus Games 2017 at Nathan Philips Square on 25 September 2017 in Toronto, Canada
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Prince Harry with girlfriend Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games in Toronto
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Prince Harry with girlfriend Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games in Toronto
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Prince Harry arrives with girlfriend actress Meghan Markle at the wheelchair tennis event during the Invictus Games in Toronto
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Prince Harry with girlfriend Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games in Toronto
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a Wheelchair Tennis match during the Invictus Games 2017 at Nathan Philips Square on 25 September 2017 in Toronto, Canada
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Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games in Toronto
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Prince Harry arrives with girlfriend actress Meghan Markle at the wheelchair tennis event during the Invictus Games in Toronto, Ontario
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Meghan Markle attends the Opening Ceremony of the 2017 Invictus Games at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada
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Meghan Markle on the cover of Vanity Fair
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a Wheelchair Tennis match during the Invictus Games 2017
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Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle announce their engagement in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace
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Larking around: Harry and Meghan pull faces in footage not shown in the BBC engagement interview
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Meghan Markle visits Nottingham for her first official public engagement with fiancee Prince Harry
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at the Nottingham Contemporary in Nottingham, to attend a Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair on their first official engagement together
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Meghan Markle arrives at the Terrance Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair at Nottingham Contemporary
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The royal brothers and their partners on Christmas Day.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle listen to a broadcast through headphones during a visit to youth-orientated radio station, Reprezent FM, in Brixton
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive in Brixton,
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Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle visit Reprezent 107.3FM in Brixton
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Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle visit Reprezent 107.3FM in Brixton
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Loved up: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Cardiff Castle
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Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle attend a street dance class during their visit to Star Hub in during their visit to Star Hub on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will visit the people of Edinburgh
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive to attend the annual Endeavour Fund Awards
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive to attend the annual Endeavour Fund Awards
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a reception for young people at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh
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rince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle meet a Shetland Pony as they arrive at Edinburgh Castle in Edinburgh,
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Meghan Markle during a walkabout on the esplanade at Edinburgh Castle
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle speak with patrons at the Social Bite in Edinburgh
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on a walkabout during a visit to Millennium Point in Birmingham
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Meghan Markle arrives for a visit in Birmingham on International Women’s Day
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on a walkabout during a visit to Millennium Point in Birmingham
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet members of the public on a walkabout during a visit to Millennium Point in Birmingham
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet members of the public on a walkabout during a visit to Millennium Point in Birmingham
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The Reverend Canon David Stanton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave after attending a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbet
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a reception with delegates from the Commonwealth Youth Forum at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ride in an Ascot Landau along the Long Walk after their wedding
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Meghan Markle walks down the aisle in St George’s Chapel
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Harry and Meghan leaving Windsor Castle for the glamorous evening reception
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Harry and Meghan leaving Windsor Castle for the glamorous evening reception
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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex head back down the Mall to Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour on June 9, 2018
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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex talk to members of OneWave, an awareness group for mental health and wellbeing at South Bondi Beach on October 19, 2018 in Sydney, Australia.
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Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex are seen during the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games in Sydney, Australia, 27 October 2018
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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the Hubb Community Kitchen to see how funds raised by the ‘Together: Our Community’ Cookbook are making a difference at Al Manaar, North Kensington on November 21, 2018 in London
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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Britain’s Prince Harry unveil a plaque to officially open Number 7, a ‘Feeding Birkenhead’ citizens supermarket and community cafe, at Pyramids Shopping Centre, as part of a visit to Birkenhead, northwest England, Monday Jan. 14, 2019
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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the National theatre in central London on January 30, 2019
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive for a visit to the Bristol Old Vic theatre, which is undergoing a multimillion-pound restoration
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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (L) and Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, reacts as they visit Bristol Old Vic theatre in Bristol, south-west England on February 1, 2019
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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R) and Britain’s Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (C) help volunteers in the kitchen as they pack food parcels to go in the charity outreach van during a visit to One25 charity in Bristol, south west England on February 1, 2019
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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Britain’s Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive to attend the annual Endeavour Fund Awards at Drapers Hall in London on February 7, 2019
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex try some food during a cooking school demonstration at Villa des Ambassadors in Rabat on the third day of their tour of Morocco
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Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duke & Duchess of Sussex, pet a horse at the Moroccan Royal Federation of Equestrian Sports in Rabat on February 25, 2019
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Meghan Markle wearing a short Reiss dress on International Women’s Day
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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend a Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House, where they meet young people who demonstrate a Canadian spring tradition of making maple taffy (maple syrup cooled on snow to make sweets) on March 11, 2019 in London
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex leave following a Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey, London
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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess Of Sussex attend a Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House on March 11, 2019 in London
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Members of Britain’s Royal family leave after attending the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey
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The Duchess of Cambridge (left) talks with the Duchess of Sussex (right) as they attend the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey,
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Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex hold their baby son in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle, Berkshire on 8 May 2019
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Archbishop Desmond Tutu kisses the forehead of baby Archie as his mother smiles on warmly
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive for a visit to the Auwal Mosque, the oldest mosque in South Africa, on day two of their tour of Africa.
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Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend a roundtable discussion on gender equality with The Queens Commonwealth Trust (QCT) and One Young World at Windsor Castle
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Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex at The Fields of Remembrance in Westminster Abbey
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle kiss on the steps of St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding in St George’s Chapel
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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose with their newborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex holding their son Archie during a meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Mrs Tutu at their legacy foundation in cape Town, on day three of their tour of Africa
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Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle announce their engagement in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a Wheelchair Tennis match during the Invictus Games 2017
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle embrace following the polo at Coworth Park on 7 May 2017
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Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle announce their engagement in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during a walkabout on the esplanade at Edinburgh Castle
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet Pony Major Mark Wilkinson and regimental mascot Cruachan IV during a walkabout on the esplanade at Edinburgh Castle
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a Wheelchair Tennis match during the Invictus Games 2017 at Nathan Philips Square on 25 September 2017 in Toronto, Canada
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Prince Harry with girlfriend Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games in Toronto
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Prince Harry with girlfriend Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games in Toronto
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Prince Harry arrives with girlfriend actress Meghan Markle at the wheelchair tennis event during the Invictus Games in Toronto
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Prince Harry with girlfriend Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games in Toronto
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a Wheelchair Tennis match during the Invictus Games 2017 at Nathan Philips Square on 25 September 2017 in Toronto, Canada
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Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games in Toronto
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Prince Harry arrives with girlfriend actress Meghan Markle at the wheelchair tennis event during the Invictus Games in Toronto, Ontario
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Meghan Markle attends the Opening Ceremony of the 2017 Invictus Games at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada
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Meghan Markle on the cover of Vanity Fair
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a Wheelchair Tennis match during the Invictus Games 2017
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Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle announce their engagement in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace
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Larking around: Harry and Meghan pull faces in footage not shown in the BBC engagement interview
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Meghan Markle visits Nottingham for her first official public engagement with fiancee Prince Harry
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at the Nottingham Contemporary in Nottingham, to attend a Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair on their first official engagement together
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Meghan Markle arrives at the Terrance Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair at Nottingham Contemporary
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The royal brothers and their partners on Christmas Day.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle listen to a broadcast through headphones during a visit to youth-orientated radio station, Reprezent FM, in Brixton
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive in Brixton,
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Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle visit Reprezent 107.3FM in Brixton
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Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle visit Reprezent 107.3FM in Brixton
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Loved up: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Cardiff Castle
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Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle attend a street dance class during their visit to Star Hub in during their visit to Star Hub on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will visit the people of Edinburgh
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive to attend the annual Endeavour Fund Awards
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive to attend the annual Endeavour Fund Awards
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a reception for young people at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh
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rince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle meet a Shetland Pony as they arrive at Edinburgh Castle in Edinburgh,
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Meghan Markle during a walkabout on the esplanade at Edinburgh Castle
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle speak with patrons at the Social Bite in Edinburgh
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on a walkabout during a visit to Millennium Point in Birmingham
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Meghan Markle arrives for a visit in Birmingham on International Women’s Day
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on a walkabout during a visit to Millennium Point in Birmingham
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet members of the public on a walkabout during a visit to Millennium Point in Birmingham
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet members of the public on a walkabout during a visit to Millennium Point in Birmingham
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The Reverend Canon David Stanton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave after attending a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbet
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a reception with delegates from the Commonwealth Youth Forum at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ride in an Ascot Landau along the Long Walk after their wedding
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Meghan Markle walks down the aisle in St George’s Chapel
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Harry and Meghan leaving Windsor Castle for the glamorous evening reception
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Harry and Meghan leaving Windsor Castle for the glamorous evening reception
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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex head back down the Mall to Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour on June 9, 2018
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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex talk to members of OneWave, an awareness group for mental health and wellbeing at South Bondi Beach on October 19, 2018 in Sydney, Australia.
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Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex are seen during the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games in Sydney, Australia, 27 October 2018
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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the Hubb Community Kitchen to see how funds raised by the ‘Together: Our Community’ Cookbook are making a difference at Al Manaar, North Kensington on November 21, 2018 in London
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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Britain’s Prince Harry unveil a plaque to officially open Number 7, a ‘Feeding Birkenhead’ citizens supermarket and community cafe, at Pyramids Shopping Centre, as part of a visit to Birkenhead, northwest England, Monday Jan. 14, 2019
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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the National theatre in central London on January 30, 2019
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive for a visit to the Bristol Old Vic theatre, which is undergoing a multimillion-pound restoration
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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (L) and Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, reacts as they visit Bristol Old Vic theatre in Bristol, south-west England on February 1, 2019
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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R) and Britain’s Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (C) help volunteers in the kitchen as they pack food parcels to go in the charity outreach van during a visit to One25 charity in Bristol, south west England on February 1, 2019
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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Britain’s Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive to attend the annual Endeavour Fund Awards at Drapers Hall in London on February 7, 2019
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex try some food during a cooking school demonstration at Villa des Ambassadors in Rabat on the third day of their tour of Morocco
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Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duke & Duchess of Sussex, pet a horse at the Moroccan Royal Federation of Equestrian Sports in Rabat on February 25, 2019
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Meghan Markle wearing a short Reiss dress on International Women’s Day
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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend a Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House, where they meet young people who demonstrate a Canadian spring tradition of making maple taffy (maple syrup cooled on snow to make sweets) on March 11, 2019 in London
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex leave following a Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey, London
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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess Of Sussex attend a Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House on March 11, 2019 in London
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Members of Britain’s Royal family leave after attending the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey
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The Duchess of Cambridge (left) talks with the Duchess of Sussex (right) as they attend the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey,
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Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex hold their baby son in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle, Berkshire on 8 May 2019
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Archbishop Desmond Tutu kisses the forehead of baby Archie as his mother smiles on warmly
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive for a visit to the Auwal Mosque, the oldest mosque in South Africa, on day two of their tour of Africa.
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Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend a roundtable discussion on gender equality with The Queens Commonwealth Trust (QCT) and One Young World at Windsor Castle
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Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex at The Fields of Remembrance in Westminster Abbey
The Duke of Cambridge was also understood to have arrived in Norfolk last night and stayed at his Anmer Hall residence. Todays meeting is believed to be the first time that the Prince of Waless sons have been together in the same room since the Remembrance Day commemorations in November.
Harry, who has been staying at his home, Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, was due to arrive this morning, although no time for the meeting has been announced by the palace.
Harry, a former British Army officer, is regarded as a target by terror groups, including the Taliban who have threatened to assassinate him in the past because of his two high-profile tours of Afghanistan and his public support for military causes.
Meghan and Harry show their son Archie to the world (Getty Images)
The security arrangements in Canada would be implemented even if the couple continue to have a British royal protection officers at their side from the Met but Scotland Yard is currently liaising with the Home Office about their future role.
Aaron Wudrick, director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, has raised concerns about the cost. 
He said: I dont think its reasonable to expect us to pay for everything the way we do for a royal visit. If theyre going to make Canada a second home, a good step in the right direction would be to pay for at least part of it, and not rely on taxpayers to fund their entire lifestyle.
The Duke of Sussex is meeting with the Queen at Sandringham to discuss his and Meghan’s future in the royal family (Getty Images)
Meghan lived in Toronto for several years during the filming of US legal drama Suits. The family spent Thanksgiving and Christmas in British Columbia.
Sources said todays showdown at Sandringham follows a series of meetings and consultations that have taken place across the last few days.
A range of possibilities were being reviewed by the royal family which will take into account the thinking the Sussexes have outlined in their desire to step down as senior royals and establish a self-funded new role.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Canada House in London
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Canada House in London
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But informed sources have stressed that implementing any agreed changes to the working life and role is complex and requires thoughtful discussions and time.
The Queen – who is said to be hurtby Harry and Meghans decision to go public with their plans in defiance of her – has made it clear she wants a solution at pace within days not weeks 
The exact timing of the meeting or what the range of possibilities that will be on the table for discussion has not been revealed.
Harry to meet Queen, Charles and William for crisis talks
But informed sources are describing it as a family meeting and Palace officials will only be present at the familys request.
Royal Protection by armed Metropolitan Police officers is mandated by the Home Office. Until now their official roles mean the Duke and Duchess and their son are classified as internationally protected people.
What issues are up for discussion at the Sandringham talks?
As the circumstances have changed there will now be a full review. If the Sussexes intend to live abroad, and not just carry out international official visits abroad, it will involve far more resources.
A source said, This will have to be reviewed and signed off by the Commissioner and recommendations will be made to the Home Secretary.
The couples decision to take a six-week holiday in Canada and North America over Christmas meant the family was protected by Scotland Yard with back-up from Canadian police.
That operation is understood to have caused some disquiet in the department given the resources needed, and involved more than 10 officers. Replacement officers had to be flown out to maintain the rota.
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