MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry are set to return to the UK in March to carry out their last engagements as working members of the Royal Family, Express.co.uk understands.
Meghan and Prince Harry are setting up their future in North America, where they look set to spend the majority of their time once they officially step down as senior royals in the spring. But until then, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex remain key members of the Royal Family, and are expected to carry out engagements and attend events.
Express.co.uk understands the Sussexes have several engagements lined up in the UK in March, which will be announced by Buckingham Palace in due course.
A royal expert also claimed Meghan and Harry are set to attend “three or four” royal duties next month.
The Daily Mail’s royal correspondent Rebecca English wrote on Twitter: “I’m told the couple will have three or four engagements in March – including Harry’s last engagement as Captain-General of the Royal Marines as he attends the Mountbatten Festival of Music on March 7.
Meghan and Prince Harry are setting up their future in North America (Image: GETTY•PA)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have agreed on relinquishing the use of their HRH styles (Image: GETTY)
“And then that’s it.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have agreed on relinquishing the use of their HRH styles and stopping to carry out royal engagements – including official military appointment – to be able to live abroad and become financially independent.
The terms of the so-called Megxit were stated by Buckingham Palace in mid-January.
Meghan joined the Royal Family in May 2018 (Image: GETTY)
The statement read: “As agreed in this new arrangement, they understand that they are required to step back from Royal duties, including official military appointments.
“They will no longer receive public funds for Royal duties.
“With The Queen’s blessing, the Sussexes will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations.
Meghan and Harry are expected to carry out ‘three or four’ more engagements in the UK (Image: TWITTER)
Meghan and Harry during their latest engagement in the UK (Image: GETTY)
“While they can no longer formally represent The Queen, the Sussexes have made clear that everything they do will continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty.
“The Sussexes will not use their HRH titles as they are no longer working members of the Royal Family.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shared their wish to repay Sovereign Grant expenditure for the refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage, which will remain their UK family home.”
Meghan and Harry announced their intention to step back as senior royals on January 8 (Image: EXPRESS)
News of a possible return of Meghan and Harry to the UK comes after claims the Duke and Duchess of Sussex sacked all 15 members of their staff in the UK, signalling their intention to be mostly based in North America.
A royal source told the Daily Mail: “Given their decision to step back, an office at Buckingham Palace is no longer needed.
“While the details are still being finalised and efforts are being made to redeploy people within the royal household, unfortunately there will be some redundancies.”
Meghan and Harry’s new team was created in Spring 2019 following a split from Prince William and Kate’s household and office.
Meghan and Prince Harry won’t be able to carry out any official military appointment after March (Image: GETTY)
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As a result, the Sussexes’ new office was moved from Kensington Palace to Buckingham Palace.
Meghan and Harry hired a new communication chief, Sarah Latham, and a private secretary, Fiona Mcilwham.
While the Sussexes are allegedly working towards minimising their presence in the UK, they are believed to have spent time in California earlier this week.
According to Bazaar.com, the royal couple held a brainstorming session and meetings with professors and academics at Stanford University to research ideas and initiatives for an upcoming charity venture.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK