Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle return to royal duties after six weeks

They're finally back!

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Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle have returned to royal duties. The Sussexes have been on a six-week break.

  • Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle have made a return to royal duties.
  • The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been on a six-week break since November to celebrate their first Christmas as a family of three.
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Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have been seen on their first royal engagement of the year.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were away in Canada for the Christmas period, where they celebrated their first festive period as a family of three with eight-month-old son Archie.

The Sussexes have been on a six-week break from royal duties for the last month and a half, last being seen out with the rest of the royal family for the Remembrance Day services back in November.

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And now that they are back home in the UK, the couple have returned to royal duties, being seen visiting Canada House in London.

The Duke and Duchess spent the day meeting Janice Charette, the High Commissioner in Canada to the UK, alongside staff, to thank them all for welcoming the family to the country so warmly over the festive period.

As they arrived at the London building, the royals were greeted by a crowd of excited fans who couldn’t be more happy to see the Sussexes out and about again.

prince harry meghan markle return royal duties first engagement

And Duchess Meghan looked absolutely stunning as she stepped out in London, wowing fans with her smart casual look and appearing glowing and refreshed after her time away from the spotlight.

The Duchess was dressed in a silky chocolate brown slinky skirt with a brown polo neck jumper and a gorgeous pair of rust velvet stilettos.

prince harry meghan markle return royal duties first engagement

Duchess Meghan paired the outfit with a longline camel coat, wearing her dark down in natural waves.

The couple appeared smiling, looking happy to go into the new year and new decade.

Aleesha Badkar
Aleesha Badkar

Aleesha is digital shopping writer at woman&home - so whether you're looking for beauty, fashion, health or home buys, she knows all the best places to splash your cash. She earned an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London in 2017 after graduating from University of Leeds in 2014 with a BA in English and Spanish (which took her to Madrid for a fun Rioja and tapas-packed year). Aleesha has worked for woman&home since 2019, when she joined the team as their digital news writer. A year on the news team gained her quick and reactive writing skills and a love for breaking stories, invaluable insight into where to get the best lifestyle releases first, an AOP awards nomination and the nickname ‘crazy watch lady’ after she became so obsessed with the royals that she followed breaking news alerts on her Apple Watch.


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