Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ‘plotting UK farewell’ with final royal engagements

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are reportedly flying back to the UK in March for three or four last engagements before they bow out as royals following their dramatic decision to step down

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are flying back to the UK next month for their final farewell royal engagements, it has been reported.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will embark on three or four engagements as they bid farewell to Britain in March, it is claimed.

They are likely to attend the Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall on March 7 and the Commonwealth Day service on March 9.

One or two other engagements are also being scheduled before the couple returns to Canada to embark on their new life, reports the Daily Mail.

The news comes after reports emerged last night that Meghan and Harry are closing their Buckingham Palace office and sacking their 15 staff.

Some of the affected staff may be redeployed within the Royal Family but it is reported a majority of the roles will be made redundant.

It is said the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William were all aware of the office closure of job losses.

The move has been interpreted as a sign the pair will never return to the UK to live after their bombshell decision last month to quit the Royal Family.

A source had told the Mail: “Given their decision to step back, an office at Buckingham Palace is no longer needed.

“While the details are still being finalised and efforts are being made to redeploy people within the royal household, unfortunately there will be some redundancies.”

They added: “They are all close and supporting each other.

“The team are busy helping to set their Royal Highnesses up for the future and working on a series of final engagements.”

The couple’s decision to quit as senior royals will see them give up their HRH titles and become financially independent without any public funding.

The couple are already said to be looking into huge commercial deals, with them having recently attended a bankers dinner in Miami, Florida where they gave speeches – for which they could have been paid up to £400,000, according to reports.

The Sussexes currently live in a huge mansion on Vancouver Island in British Columbia off the Canadian coast, where they also spent Christmas before dropping the big news.

It is not yet known if this is where the couple will permanently live, with reports they have flown to the US on several business trips lately.

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