LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – NOVEMBER 07: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the 91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on November 7, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

LONDON, United Kingdom – Yesterday it felt like the entire country of England was holding its breath awaiting news from the Queen’s estate where the senior members of the royal family were meeting to discuss Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s future in what became known worldwide as the ‘Sandringham Summit‘.

Around 6pm, an official statement was released from HRH, who wrote that the talk had been “very constructive.” She gave her blessing for Harry and Meghan to split their time between Canada and the UK, noting that while there are still details to be worked out, the couple plans to be entirely financially independent.

Though it was initially reported that Meghan would join the family discussion via video call from Canada, it was revealed today that she and Harry didn’t think it was necessary for her to be included, something that aligns a new report which alleges family tensions were behind the couple’s shock announcement.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 07: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex depart Canada House on January 07, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

According to PEOPLE, a family friend revealed that Harry and Meghan thought they had no choice but to manage things the way they did with the anonymous source saying, “This is not how they wanted to handle this, but Meghan and Harry’s hand was forced.”

“There is so much bad blood in that family — it’s toxic,” they added, saying, “If relationships had been better, things would have been different.”

Of course, Harry confirmed tensions between himself and his big brother, Prince William, last year on the ITV documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey. At the time he said, “Inevitably stuff happens. But we’re brothers, we’ll always be brothers. We’re certainly on different paths at the moment.”

In the same documentary, Meghan told interviewer Tom Bradby that she wasn’t doing okay – her mental health being another reason allegedly behind the couple’s decision to move to Canada.