Queen Elizabeth, 93, gave the directive days before Prince Harry is set to make his first public appearance Tuesday in the wake of the couple’s shockwave decision to step back from royal life.
Following a day of meetings and phone calls over the dispute, the Queen instructed her aides Friday to “turn a crisis into an opportunity” by drafting a “workable solution” for a scaled-back role for Harry and Meghan.
The monarch hopes future royals who also desire a more modern arrangement can emulate the plan she establishes for Meghan and Harry, the Telegraph reported.
Harry, 35, will remain in the UK until a plan is ironed out, The Sun reported, noting that once he leaves, a return date is not guaranteed. He has yet to meet with his grandmother, older brother Prince William, and father Prince Charles, according to reports.
Markle, meanwhile, fled to Canada — where she left the couple’s infant son Archie with a nanny — within two days of the announcement.
The couple is reportedly also eager to smooth things out “sooner rather than later.”
The beloved Queen was photographed for the first time on Friday driving her Range Rover through the royals’ Sandringham Estate, wearing a dog-printed head scarf while her corgi rode in the back seat.