Harry and Meghan prepare for final engagement as senior royals
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are due to make their final appearance as senior royals as they prepare to step away from their roles.
Harry and Meghan will be attending the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on Monday alongside the Queen, William and Kate, and Prince Charles and his wife Camilla.
It marks the end of their UK farewell tour as they seek to carve out a “progressive new role”, becoming financially independent and spending much of their time in North America.
The tour has included appearances at the Endeavour Fund Awards, a military music festival at the Royal Albert Hall and Meghan’s secret visit to a Dagenham school to mark International Women’s Day.
They will no longer use their HRH titles from 31 March and will not use “royal” in their branding.
Harry, 35, will remain a prince but will relinquish his military titles.
The Commonwealth event is expected to be the couple’s last official appearance and it is not clear when the Royal Family will next be seen together.
According to tradition, Harry, who is not a future king, will sit with Meghan in the second row of seats behind the Queen, Charles, Camilla, William and Kate.
The Duke of York will not be appearing, following his disastrous Newsnight interview over his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
“It will be fascinating to see how it plays out,” said royal biographer Penny Junor.
“I imagine everybody will be on absolutely best behaviour. But goodness knows what they will all be thinking privately.”
It was announced two months ago that the pair wanted to step back from some of their royal duties.
They have not appeared alongside the rest of the Royal Family since making their exit public.
The Queen has praised the diversity of the Commonwealth nations in her annual message, saying it “serves to make us stronger”.
In her Commonwealth Day speech, she has said global connectivity makes people aware their “choices and actions” can affect the “wellbeing of people and communities living far away”.