The awards will be Meghan’s first royal engagement since visiting Canada House in January to thank Canadian High Commissioner Janice Charette and her staff for making them feel so welcome during their six-week break there.
The couple had been enjoying downtime on Vancouver Island in British Columbia from the end of November, and spent Christmas there with Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland, as well as the new year.
When the Sussexes returned to the UK in January, they announced their intention to step back as “senior” members of the Royal Family and “become financially independent”.
They also said they would split their time between the UK and North America.
But Meghan only stayed for a couple of days following the bombshell announcement, and has not returned to the UK since.
However, after securing a so-called Megxit deal with the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William, the Sussexes will perform their last royal engagements this week before officially stepping down.
Meghan will also attend the International Women’s Day on March 8 and join Harry for the Mountbatten Festival on Saturday.
Their final official engagement is expected to be March 9, when they will join the Queen at Westminster Abbey to mark Commonwealth Day.
The statement read: “The Duke and Duchess will learn about local organisations working to support and empower young people and projects which provide opportunities to help them develop important life skills.
“Their royal highnesses will also hear more about Ireland’s conservation initiatives and efforts to protect its environment, with a particular focus on sustainable farming and marine conservation.
“The UK’s link with Ireland are extensive, and The Duke and Duchess are looking forward to building a lasting friendship with he Irish people”.
Although Kate and William won’t be in the UK to welcome Meghan, they will meet with the Duchess later this week.
On March 9, the Cambridges and Sussexes will reunite for the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.
Activities planned for the day include debates, school assemblies, flag raising ceremonies, street parties, cultural events and a multicultural, multi-faith service at the abbey in London.
The theme for the 2020 Commonwealth Day is “Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming”.
According to royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams, it’s unlikely the couples would have any plans to meet outside the royal engagement.
He told Express.co.uk the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge “will not have appreciated” how Meghan and Harry “so flagrantly disrespected the Queen and the institution” when they decided to leave life as royals behind.
Published at Tue, 03 Mar 2020 11:43:00 +0000