Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will officially end royal engagements next month

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will officially step back from royal duties at the end of next month, a spokesman for the couple has confirmed.

The Duke of Duchess of Sussex dramatically announced they would be stepping back from royal duties last month.

Since then, the pair have renounced their HRH titles and have reportedly been banned from using the Sussex Royal brand.

They will return to the UK for public events later this month, a spokesman for the couple confirmed.

Harry and Meghan will take part in at least six more engagements before the March 31 deadline.

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These include Harry dropping in a recording session with rock star John Bon Jovi and the Invictus Games Choir at the end of the month, while Meghan will be marking International Women's Day a week later.

Other engagements include the Endeavour Fund Awards, the opening of Silverstone Experience and Mountbatten Music Festival.

Their final engagement, which was listed in the spokesman's statement on Wednesday, will be with the entire royal family at the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on 9 March.

The spokesman confirmed they will also be closing their Buckingham Palace office.

As of April 1, the couple will be represented through their UK foundation team.

Meanwhile, Prince William and Kate Middleton have announced they are taking a break from royal duties this week, according to reports.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have apparently cleared their diaries to spend more time with their kids.

They have booked this week off as it is the half-term school holiday for Prince George, six, and Princess Charlotte, four.

The siblings attend the plush Thomas's Battersea school in London and won't return until next Monday.

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The few days off, as reported by US Weekly, comes amid more drama for the Royal Family.

Yesterday the Queen was rocked by another separation after the second royal couple in a week announced they were divorcing.

Princess Margaret's son David Armstrong-Jones announced he is to separate from Serena Armstrong-Jones.

It came just days after Princess Anne's son Peter Phillips also announced he and his wife Autumn had split.

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The divorces come during a tough year for the monarchy, from Prince Philip's car crash to the Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein crisis.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have also quit the Royal Family for a new, financially independent life in Canada, serving a blow to Prince Charles' plan to slim down the family when he's King.

The drama left the Queen admitting in her Christmas speech that it had been a "bumpy" year for her.

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  • Prince Harry
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