Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will make their last royal appearances in the United Kingdom before returning to North America to live.
Prince Harry and Markle will join the rest of the family for the Commonwealth Service for Commonwealth Day at Westminster Abbey in London on March 9, according to a report published by Entertainment Tonight. Baby Archie will also be in attendance, The Sunday Times reported.
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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA
After the Commonwealth Service, the couple will make a few other appearances before returning to Canada.
The couple has been living in North Saanich on Vancouver Island, Canada since making the announcement that they would be stepping back from their royal roles.
Markle and Prince Harry have planned to become financially independent from the royal family and made their first appearance at a JP Morgan event last week. The Sunday Times reported that although Prince Harry was not a keynote speaker and Markle had no speaking engagement, the couple took home $1 million from the event.
It is unclear if they were actually paid. (RELATED: Queen Elizabeth II Responds To Prince Harry, Meghan Markle’s Decision With Message Of Support)
As previously reported, Queen Elizabeth II was supportive of the decision for the royals to take a step back.
“My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family,” the statement said. “Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.”