Harry and Meghan attend final official royal engagement

Monday, March 9, 2020

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have made their last official appearance as senior royals before they step down from the roles at the end of this month.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined other members of the Royal Family at a special service to commemorate Commonwealth Day at Westminster Abbey.

It was the last in a string of engagements over the past few days, in what has been dubbed their “farewell tour” in the UK.

The swansong tour has included the Endeavour Fund Awards, a military musical festival at the Royal Albert Hall and Meghan's secret visit to a school in east London to celebrate International Women’s Day.

The couple did not join the Queen’s procession of key royals, as they did last year, and were instead ushered to their seats among the 2,000-strong congregation in the central London church.

The move has been interpreted by some commentators as symbolic of their upcoming exit royal duties - however Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge were also not included in the procession through the Abbey, unlike last year.

From March 31 Harry and Meghan will no longer use their HRH titles and will become “financially independent” as they pursue a new life, sharing time between the UK and Canada.

The ground breaking decision was announced in January and sparked weeks of crisis talks behind palace doors.

When the couple bow out at the end of the month, it will be one year, 10 months and 12 days since the former actress married into the "The Firm" in 2018.

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