THE QUEEN has asked Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to return to England in the midst of the couple beginning a new life in Canada.
The monarch has requested the presence of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the annual Commonwealth Service which will take place next month. Harry and Meghan are President and Vice-President of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (QCT), so their appearance at the event will undoubtedly fall in line with their roles. The QCT is an organisation which helps to fund and support young leaders from across the Commonwealth in their “smart ideas and insights”.
Representatives from the governments of the 53 member states of the Commonwealth will gather together at Westminster Abbey for the event on March 9.
Harry and Meghan attended the 2019 Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey last year.
At the time, Meghan was nearing the end of her pregnancy with the couple’s baby, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
Archie, who will be 10-months old at the time of the event, will be flying back to the UK with his parents, according to the Sunday Times.
Harry and Meghan are President and Vice President of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (Image: Getty)
The couple will return to the UK next month (Image: Getty)
Commonwealth Day is an annual celebration which is observed across the Commonwealth, and it is a sepcial moment for the Queen who is head of the network of nations.
It draws together countries from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, the Pacific and Europe to celebrate the alliance.
The theme for the 2020 Commonwealth Day is: “Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming.”
Many countries choose to mark the occasion with a flag raising ceremony.
Harry and Meghan attended the event last year (Image: Getty)
The Commonwealth Day service and other events the royal couple plan to pack into their visit will mark the end of their chapter as senior members of the Royal Family.
The Sussexes announced they would be stepping back from seniority in a new arrangement negotiated with Buckingham Palace.
They will split their time between Canada and the UK, will retire using their HRH titles – although they will retain them, and work towards financial independence.
The news of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s return to the UK comes amidst reports of the couple’s attendance at a prestigious JP Morgan event.
Harry and Meghan have had significant involvement in the Commonwealth (Image: Getty)
The couple will return from Canada for the event (Image: Getty)
It is thought their appearance, where Prince Harry delivered a short speech, may have earned the couple in excess of $1 million.
Ronn Torossian, CEO of 5W Public Relations, a New York based firm said: “Harry and Meghan will be the highest-paid speakers that exist on the corporate market.”
The event was host to a number of rich and famous people from across the globe.
The Sussexes are thought to have brushed shoulders with Jennifer Lopez and her fiancé Alex Rodriguez, former Prime Minister Tony Blair and basketball giant Magic Johnson.
The JP Morgan evening was held at the prestigious 5-star 1 Hotel in Miami’s South Beach.
Harry and Meghan – a timeline (Image: Express)
It was reported that Prince Harry spoke of dealing with the death of his mother, Princess Diana in 1997.
He also allegedly mentioned his contentment with his decision to step his family back from their prominence as senior royals.
Meghan, who was reported to have introduced her husband, spoke of her love for him.
The Queen is reported to be “remarkably relaxed” with the decision of the Sussexes to step back.
The Sunday Times reported the monarch has told close friends: “If that’s what they want, if they want to go, we must let them go.”
The Sussexes have chosen to step down as senior members of the Royal Family (Image: Getty)
Source: EXPRESS CO UK