William and Kate visit Bradford amid tumultuous times for royal family

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have returned to royal duties for their first official engagement of the year following a tumultuous week for the royal family.

William and Kate arrived in Bradford on Wednesday to cheers from several hundred well-wishers on Centenary Square.

During their visit to Bradford City Hall, they are expected to speak with young people about life in the West Yorkshire city, and with local employers helping youngsters to get jobs.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Bradford (Danny Lawson/PA)
The duke and duchess will spend the afternoon the diverse city (Danny Lawson/PA)

The couple are due to visit a number of projects that promote cohesion within one of the UK’s most diverse cities.

It comes just days after the Queen agreed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex could step back as senior royals and begin a “new life” as an “independent” family.

Following a summit at Sandringham on Monday, Buckingham Palace confirmed Harry and Meghan would begin a “transition period” in which they would split their time between the UK and Canada.

It also emerged on Tuesday that Meghan’s father could give evidence against her in her legal battle with the Mail On Sunday should it go to trial.

High Court documents revealed Thomas Markle forms part of the newspaper’s defence, after the paper and its parent company Associated Newspapers were accused of unlawfully publishing a letter between the two.

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