In the end, the Sussexes decided it was not necessary for her to join the discussion, the source said.
The meeting was held at the Queen’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, some 100 miles north of London, and Meghan is currently in Canada, with the couple’s baby son Archie.
In a statement issued after the meeting, the Queen said the family would have preferred the couple to “remain full-time working members of the royal family,” but that they “respect and understand” Harry and Meghan’s “wish to live a more independent life.”
The Queen has agreed to a “period of transition” while details of their new role are hammered out, the family announced.
The Queen said she had agreed that Harry and Meghan could split their time between the UK and Canada but that “complex matters” would have to be resolved. The monarch added that she had ordered final plans to be drawn up in the next few days.