PUBLISHED: 09:04, Fri, Oct 2, 2020 | UPDATED: 09:04, Fri, Oct 2, 2020
The Queen didn't allow Prince Philip to get involved in the discussions regarding the exit of Meghan and Harry from the family and their future as royals, according to royal author Ingrid Seward. In January, the monarch called an emergency meeting in Sandringham following the bombshell statement issued by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on Instagram, in which they announced their intention to carve out a new role for themselves within the Royal Family.
According to Ms Seward, the Duke of Edinburgh was painfully aware of their desire to create a "half-in, half-out" position - and deemed it "impossible".
However, the Queen preferred to keep him out of the discussions and asked Penelope Knatchbull, Countess Mountbatten of Burma and close friend of the Duke, to drive him out of Sandringham House just minutes before the meeting started, Ms Seward added.
In her new biography Prince Philip Revealed, the author wrote: "The Queen refused to allow their shenanigans to get to her husband.
"So, when she called an emergency summit at Sandringham on January 13, attended by her son the Prince of Wales and grandsons Prince William and Prince Harry, as well as their senior advisors, she asked one of her house guests, Countess Mountbatten, to drive him away from the house at least for the duration of the meeting.
The Queen shielded her husband Prince Philip from Meghan and Harry's 'shenanigans' - expert (Image: GETTY)
The Queen reportedly asked a friend of Prince Philip to drive him away of Sandringham House during the summit (Image: GETTY)
"While they sat in the long library on the ground floor and thrashed out a solution that would allow Harry and Meghan their freedom without bringing the Royal Family and the Crown into disrepute, Philip remained out of the way.
"Buckingham Palace later released an unusually personal statement from the Queen saying that the family were entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan's desire to create a new life as a young family."
During the meeting, dubbed Sandringham Summit, Prince Harry agreed on relinquishing his and Meghan's rights to carry out royal duties and