Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will carry out some public engagements in the UK later this month, but from March 31, the couple will officially step back from royal duties. After this date the couple will no longer have an office at Buckingham Palace and will be represented through their UK charity, according to a spokeswoman for the couple. There will be a review after 12 months.
The pair will take part in at least six more official engagements before their official departure.
Harry will attend engagements on February 28 and March 5, which include dropping in on arecording session with rock star John Bon Jovi and the Invictus Games Choir.
Meghan will join her husband for another event at the Royal Albert Hall on March 8 to mark International Women’s Day.
Their final engagement will be with the entire Royal Family at the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on March 9.
The spokeswoman added the couple will announce details of their new non-profit organisation later in the year.
They will continue to work with their existing patronages as they build a plan for engagements in the UK and the Commonwealth throughout the year.
The office also revealed details on Harry’s army ranks, and said he will retain the ranks of Major, Lieutenant Commander and Squadron Leader.
The couple’s spokeswoman said Harry’s priorities remain supporting the welfare of servicemen and women, conservation, sport for social development, HIV and Travalyst which works to mobilise the tourism and travel industry for social good.
For Meghan her focus remains women’s empowerment, gender equality and education.
It follows the news that Meghan and Harry will no longer be able to use the Sussex Royal brand.
After weeks of talks, the Queen and senior officials are believed to have told the couple the term “royal” is inconsistent with their “branding”.
The pair have spent thousands of pounds trademarking the name and also use ‘SussexRoyal’ on their Instagram page and website.
The Sussexes are understood to have accepted that as part of their new working arrangements, they will not be allowed to use the SussexRoyal brand as they first hoped.
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