Meghan Markle Returns to the UK for the First Time Since 'Megxit'
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry may have given up royal life, but that doesn’t mean they can just walk away.
In fact, even during “Megxit,” the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (yes, they are still the Duke and Duchess despite not being referred to as “His/Her Royal Highness”), had quite a few royal engagements already planned that the couple is tending to.
According to The Sun, the Duke and Duchess are currently in London, mostly to attend the Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House, a celebration in honor of sports achievements by wounded servicemen and servicewomen. This is actually the first time Markle has been in the U.K. since the royal split in January. Prince Harry has made other trips to the U.K. since the split.
Prince Harry was also spotted at Buckingham Palace this week, The Sun reported. He was apparently holding talks with advisers and to visit his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.
The couple’s baby, Archie, did not accompany them on their trip. Instead, he is staying home in Canada, where the couple has a gorgeous, palatial mansion on the Saanich Inlet of North Saanich, British Columbia, Canada.
The Endeavour Fund Awards will take place on Thursday evening. From there, the couple is expected to attend the Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall. They will also attend the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey, which will officially be the first time Markle has seen the rest of the royal family since the split, The Sun reported. According to Vanity Fair, these engagements are all part of the couple’s “farewell tour.”
Part of the reason the couple split with the Royal family, they say, was to lead a more “financially independent” life, as well as enjoy a more private and stable life for them and their son, according to CNN. As part of stepping down as senior members of the Royal family, the couple will no longer receive public funds or work on behalf of the Queen (presumably, after this week).