Queen spotted with hearing aid for first time ahead of showdown talks with Harry

The Queen has been spotted in public wearing a hearing aid for what is believed to be the first time ahead of crunch talks about Harry and Meghan's future roles.

At 93, Queen Elizabeth II was snapped with a brown and red device in her ear following a church service in Sandringham before talks with senior royals and the Duke of Sussex on Monday.

This moment comes five years after her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, was seen wearing discreet behind-the-ear hearing aids for the first time in October 2014, also aged 93.

However the Queen appeared to be wearing in-the-canal hearing aids, which the NHS England website states "aren't usually powerful enough for people with severe hearing loss".


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Apparently they're only helpful if the wearer has some hearing left but needs assistance hearing everyday noises like doorbells, speech and phones, as it's the start of their hearing failing.

The Queen arrived at her private Norfolk estate in her camel coat and hat amid the Harry and Meghan crisis, and was spotted after a morning service at St Mary Magdalene Church.

Tomorrow the family will get together to discuss the "next steps" for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after their announcement that they plan to step down as senior royals, become financially independent and split their time between the UK and North America.



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Meanwhile, Meghan headed to Canada on an £134 budget flight to avoid detection.

It's a decision that has apparently left the Queen and other senior royals feeling "hurt".

On Thursday the Queen, Charles and William gave orders for their households to work together with the Sussexes to find a "workable solution" to their desire to change their royal lives but still support the Queen.

"The family will gather on Monday at Sandringham to talk things through, attended by Her Majesty, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex", said a royal source.

"Following a series of meetings and consultations across the last few days, there are a range of possibilities for the family to review which take into account the thinking the Sussexes outlined earlier in the week.


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"As we have said previously, making a change to the working life and role in the monarchy for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex requires complex and thoughtful discussions.

"Next steps will be agreed at the meeting, the request for this to be resolved at pace is still her Majesty's wish – the aim remains days not weeks.

"There is genuine agreement and understanding that any decision will take time to be implemented."

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