Meghan and Harry will not join Royals in Queen’s procession at final engagement

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will not join other members of the Royal Family for the Queen's procession at their final ever engagement.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will attend the annual Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey this afternoon, along with the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and Kate.

They will be led to their seats with the rest of the guests rather than waiting for the Queen's arrival and walking through the church with the monarch as they did last year.

They will arrive after the Earl and Countess of Wessex, who will also be escorted to their seats.

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Prince Charles, Camilla, the Cambridges, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other senior figures are part of the procession.

This afternoon's engagement is the couple's final official outing before they step down from their roles as senior royals.

It's the first time they have been seen publicly with other members of the Firm, including Charles, Kate and William since announcing their plan to step down.

Their decision to quit reportedly caused a lot of anger and upset behind Palace walls, and there are claims they didn't consult their relatives before making their bombshell announcement in January.

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Meghan and Harry will move to Canada with their son Archie, giving up their royal duties as they become financially independent.

However they will keep their Windsor home Frogmore Cottage and there are ongoing rows about who will fund their security.

They have been back in the UK for the past week carrying out a farewell tour of their charities and patronages.

On Saturday night the couple matched in red as they attended the annual Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall in South Kensington.

The couple received a long round of applause and a standing ovation as they took their seats in the royal box as Harry appeared in his full Captain General uniform for what could be the last time.

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Meghan also carried out two secret engagements – visiting the National Theatre and Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham.

During her rallying speech at the school to celebrate International Women’s Day the Duchess went “off the cuff” and invited one “brave young man” to go up to the stage to speak about why the anniversary was important to him.

To wild applause, up stepped Aker Okoye, the 16-year-old Head Boy, before he made his way to the stage to greet Meghan with a hug and a kiss on the cheek.

Waiting until the noise died down before leaning into the microphone and telling them: "She really is beautiful, innit."

The Duchess burst into laughter, wagging her finger at him in mock admonishment and crossing her arms.

“I had to speak the truth there,” he added. "International Women’s Day is a reminder to everyone that women can do it all and do do it all.

“This is more of a message to all you guys. Maybe this Sunday could be the one day we don’t look at women as objects."

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