Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announce surprise UK visit next month after heartbreaking anniversary

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's surprise UK visit will take place in 'early September' as they visit charities 'close to their hearts'...

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's surprise UK visit announced, seen here attending the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced a surprise UK visit which is set to take place next month, just five days after a heartbreaking anniversary. 

Whilst fans’ hopes to see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle join the Queen and other extended Royal Family members at Balmoral Castle over the summer haven’t been fulfilled, the couple will soon be back on British soil for a very special reason. Back in June, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited the UK with both of their children, Archie and Lilibet, for the first time since they “stepped back” as senior royals. 

Whilst fans enjoyed the best Platinum Jubilee moments in public, reports suggested Prince Charles was “thrilled” to meet Lilibet for the first time since she was born in June 2021. Now Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s surprise UK visit coming up in September has been announced and it comes soon after a very poignant anniversary.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the service of thanksgiving for the Queen

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According to The Telegraph a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed the exciting news, revealing that they will be attending charity events “close to their hearts” during their upcoming trip. 

"Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are delighted to visit with several charities close to their hearts in early September,” the spokesperson announced. 

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan will reportedly attend the One Young World Summit in Manchester on September 5th. This brings together young leaders from across the world working to help accelerate social impact and Meghan will deliver a keynote address at the Opening Ceremony. The Duchess is one of the organization’s high-profile counselors, alongside the likes of Canadian President Justin Trudeau, British chef Jamie Oliver and businessman Sir Richard Branson. 

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After spending time in the UK, it’s understood that the Sussexes will then travel to Germany for the Invictus Games Dusseldorf 2023 One Year To Go event. Earlier this year Prince Harry and Meghan paid the Queen a visit before attending the 2022 Invictus Games in The Hague. 

But their time in the UK reportedly won’t be over when they depart for Germany as it’s understood they will be back for the WellChild Awards on September 8th. The couple also attended the awards back in 2019 where their Royal Patron Prince Harry broke down in a heartfelt speech.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s surprise UK visit next month will come following a heartbreaking anniversary. On August 31st, just five days before their Manchester visit, it will be 25 years since Princess Diana passed away. 

Prince William and Prince Harry after they unveiled a statue they commissioned of their mother Diana, Princess of Wales

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Her sons have been very open over the years about their grief at the loss of their mother and Prince Harry revealed he sees Princess Diana’s legacy in his children as he marked what would’ve been her 61st birthday in July.

It’s not known whether the Sussexes might share a new message or tribute to her on August 31st. Though Princess Diana will likely be very much in their thoughts ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s surprise UK visit. Their upcoming visit also echoes the late Princess of Wales’ humanitarian work as it highlights their own commitment to important charities and causes. 

Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Royal Editor with seven years of experience working in digital publishing. Her specialist areas including literature, the British Royal Family and knowing all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and every streaming service out there. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, you can find Emma cooking and watching yet more crime dramas.