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Royal pair complete their official duties

International 11 Mar, 2020 Follow News

Meghan and Harry will soon not be official royals

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have made their last public appearance as working members of the Royal Family.

Prince Harry and Meghan joined the Queen and other senior royals at the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey on Monday afternoon.

The couple have been carrying out a series of public appearances in the UK before stepping back as working royals.

From 31 March, they will stop using their HRH titles and receiving public money.

The duke and duchess joined the Queen - who is head of the Commonwealth - the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in the central London church.

Last-minute changes meant the Cambridges and the Sussexes were led straight to their seats - rather than waiting for the Queen and taking part in the procession as they did in 2019.

Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace have not said why the late amendment was made.

It was the first time the Sussexes have appeared with other members of the Royal Family since announcing their intention to "step back" as senior royals in January.

The service included Rwandan dancing and drumming as well as songs from Craig David and Alexandra Burke, hymns, and a reading from Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Prince Harry bumped forearms with singer Craig David when they met at the end of the service - while Meghan opted to hug him.

Members of the congregation had been advised not to shake hands in greeting, to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

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