Harry and Meghan not in Queen’s procession for last official engagement

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will not be part of the Queen's procession through Westminster Abbey at the start of the Commonwealth Service as they make their final official appearance as senior royals.

Harry and Meghan are joining the monarch, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in the central London church as they carry out their last public royal duty before they walk away from the monarchy.

But, unlike last year, Harry and Meghan will be conducted to their seats, rather than waiting for the Queen's arrival and walking through the church with the monarch and key royals as they did last year.

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The Duchess of Sussex is presented with an item of school clothing as she joins in a discussion of the 'Senior Debate Squad' at the Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham, Essex, during a surprise visit to celebrate International Women's Day.
The Duchess of Sussex speaks during a school assembly as part of a surprise visit to the Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham, Essex, to celebrate International Women's Day.
The Duchess of Sussex (left) embraces head boy Aker Okoye, in a school assembly, during her surprise visit to the Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham, Essex, to celebrate International Women's Day.
The Duchess of Sussex (left) embraces head boy Aker Okoye, in a school assembly, during her surprise visit to the Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham, Essex, to celebrate International Women's Day.
The Duchess of Sussex (left) smiles as head boy Aker Okoye, speaks in a school assembly, during her surprise visit to the Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham, Essex, to celebrate International Women's Day.
The Duchess of Sussex (left) smiles as head boy Aker Okoye, speaks in a school assembly, during her surprise visit to the Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham, Essex, to celebrate International Women's Day.
The Duchess of Sussex (fourth left) joins in a discussion of the 'Senior Debate Squad' at the Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham, Essex, during a surprise visit to celebrate International Women's Day.
The Duchess of Sussex joins in a discussion of the 'Senior Debate Squad' at the Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham, Essex, during a surprise visit to celebrate International Women's Day.
The Duchess of Sussex arrives at the Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham, Essex, for a surprise visit to celebrate International Women's Day.
The Duchess of Sussex is greeted by pupils at the Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham, Essex, during a surprise visit to celebrate International Women's Day.
The Duchess of Sussex is greeted by pupils at the Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham, Essex, during a surprise visit to celebrate International Women's Day.
The Duchess of Sussex is greeted by pupils at the Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham, Essex, during a surprise visit to celebrate International Women's Day.
The Duchess of Sussex is greeted by pupils at the Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham, Essex, during a surprise visit to celebrate International Women's Day.
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The move signifies their impending exit from The Firm – dubbed Megxit.

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.

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

The procession will include Charles and Camilla, William and Kate, clergy, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Commonwealth Secretary General, among others, according to the Order of Service.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arriving for the Endeavour Fund Awards (Steve Parsons/PA)

In 2019, Harry and Meghan waited alongside William, Kate, Charles and Camilla for the Queen to arrive, before taking part in The Procession of The Queen.

The ceremony – the Sussexes' final public outing in their UK farewell tour – is a poignant milestone as they prepare to embark on their future away from the royal family.

On March 31, 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.

The duchess, then Meghan Markle, starred as paralegal Rachel Zane between June 23 2011 and April 25 2018, totalling six years, 10 months and three days, or 2,499 days.

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