Queen asks Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to interrupt their new lifestyle to attend the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in the final round of royal engagements
- Government representatives from the 53 member countries gather on 9 March
- For the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, it will be part of their final round of tasks
- At last year’s event, Meghan was heavily pregnant with Archie who will fly to the UK
The Queen has asked Harry and Meghan to attend the annual Commonwealth Service with the rest of the royal family next month.
Government representatives from the 53 member countries gather at Westminster Abbey in the afternoon of March 9 for the one-hour event.
For the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, it will be packed into a wider flute scheme, marking their final duties on the front line of the family.
At last year’s event, Meghan was heavily pregnant with the now nine-month Archie, who will fly with his parents from Canada for their engagements, the Sunday Times reports.
Harry and Meghan attend the Commonwealth Service 2019 at Westminster Abbey, for which they have been invited to return to next month
The Commonwealth Day ceremony next month is likely to reunite the duke and duchess with William and Kate. When they were shown together at the 2019 event, the group was known as the Fab Four – a nickname that has since evaporated
The Queen leaves the Commonwealth service at Westminster Abbey on March 11, 2019
Her Majesty’s invitation will let the couple pause in the press about their new lifestyle, allowing them to use their royal fame.
On Thursday evening they were keynote speakers at a star-studded JP Morgan conference that, according to wealth experts, would have raised them up to $ 1 million.
Friends have told the newspaper that the queen is “remarkably relaxed” and “unaffected” by the couple’s money-processing businesses.
Ronn Torossian, CEO of the 5W Public Relations company in New York, said he expects the pair to have earned between $ 500,000 and $ 1 million (£ 387,000 and £ 775,000) from the appearance.
He told Dailymail.com: “You could imagine they were flying privately from Canada to Miami, had a hotel suite and hair and makeup artist, which could cost from $ 100,000 (£ 77,000) to $ 250,000 (£ 193,000) .
“Harry and Meghan will be the highest paid speakers in the business market.”
Last year’s event, which always falls on the second Monday in March, featured Harry and Meghan alongside Prince Andrew, who has since then also relinquished royal duties
But royal courtiers are still negotiating how Harry and Meghan will benefit from the Sussex brand in the future, with a blueprint revised annually in the spring of 2021.
The Commonwealth Day ceremony next month is likely to reunite the duke and duchess with William and Kate, with whom they are reportedly retired.
When they were shown together at the 2019 event, the group was known as the Fab Four – a nickname that has since disappeared after the Sussexes broke their professional ties by withdrawing from the household of Kensington Palace and their common charity.
Last year’s event, which always falls on the second Monday in March, featured Harry and Meghan alongside Prince Andrew, who has since said goodbye to royal duties following a car accident Newsnight interview about his pedophile friend Jeffrey Epstein.
Buckingham Palace refused to confirm that Her Majesty had asked the duke and duchess to attend the Commonwealth Service.