THE Duke and Duchess of Sussex have made their last official appearance as senior royals — celebrating the Commonwealth with members of the monarchy.
Harry and Meghan arrived at Westminster Abbey for the Commonwealth Service looking relaxed after a hectic few days which have seen them attend a string of public events.
Their goodbye tour has included the Endeavour Fund Awards, a military musical festival at the Royal Albert Hall and Meghan’s secret visit to a school in Dagenham, east London, to celebrate International Women’s Day.
The couple do not officially step down from their roles as working members of the royal family until March 31, but the service — broadcast around the globe on the BBC World Service — was the symbolic end of their life supporting the Queen.
In a change from last year’s event the Sussexes were shown to their seats and did not wait at the abbey’s great west door to meet the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and the Queen before processing with the other royals at the start of the ceremony.
The move is likely to be interpreted by commentators as their impending exit from The Firm — dubbed Megxit — although the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, unlike last year, were also due to take their place in the 2,000-strong congregation and not the procession through the abbey.
When Meghan and Harry arrived they were greeted by the Dean of Westminster, the Very Rev Dr David Hoyle, and met Boris Johnson and the Commonwealth’s secretary-general Baroness Scotland.
The ceremony is a poignant milestone as they prepare to embark on their future away from the royal family.
From March 31, the monarch’s grandson and American former actress Meghan will no longer use their HRH styles as they pursue a new life of personal and financial freedom, mostly in North America.
On that date Meghan will bow out of royal life just one year, 10 months and 12 days — or 682 days — after marrying into the family.
She spent almost five years longer appearing on screen in the US drama Suits.