Meghan Spent Last Day as Senior Working Royal Visiting One of Her Patronages before Commonwealth Day Service

Meghan Markle finished her last day as a working member of the royal family, attending a meeting with one of her royal patronages before heading to the Commonwealth Service with Prince Harry.

The Duchess of Sussex kicked off her last day as a senior member of the royal family on Monday by heading over to Buckingham Palace, where she met with her royal patronage - the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend The Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House on March 05, 2020, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend The Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House on March 05, 2020, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images.

The meeting consisted of a group of Chevening scholars and the Commonwealth, as well as members from the ACU Blue Charter Fellow. 

The group had representatives from 11 different Commonwealth countries, including Bangladesh, Cameroon, Ghana, India, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Rwanda.

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Earlier this week The Duchess of Sussex, in her role as Patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), met with the bright minds from across the Commonwealth to hear about their commitment to tackling the global challenges we all face. The Duchess spoke with Scholars studying and researching important areas surrounding; cleaning up plastic pollution in our oceans, helping to build more sustainable cities, improving health outcomes for citizens, and supporting decent work and economic growth. Paving the way as the next generation of leaders, these inspirational scholars, are spread far across the Commonwealth from Malawi to Malaysia, Ghana to Sri Lanka – all of whom will use the skills and knowledge they gain while studying in the UK to make a difference when they return to their home countries. The Duchess, who also attended university with support of a scholarship, is a strong advocate of accessible education for all. As the Royal Patron of The Association of Commonwealth Universities (@The_ACU_Official) since January 2019, The Duchess has met and engaged with students, academics, and staff from ACU member universities across the Commonwealth to learn more about the vital work they do to address global challenges. As President and Vice President of The @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, The Duke and Duchess thank all those who are working to give access to education for all.

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REASSURING THEIR PATRONAGES

With the opportunity to tie things up, a royal source told PEOPLE that Prince Harry and Meghan made an effort to reassure the patronages left in their charge, and elaborated:

“There is a lot of goodwill—everybody’s really reassured, as the couple has gone out of their way to let everyone know that they aren’t abandoning anyone.”

During the meeting, Meghan spoke with researchers working towards improving public health, sustainable building, cleaning ocean pollution, and those who support economic growth.

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This afternoon, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day, alongside Her Majesty The Queen and Members of The Royal Family. The Commonwealth is a global network of 54 countries, working in collaboration towards shared economic, environmental, social and democratic goals, and the Service today seeks to highlight the vast community which spans every geographical region, religion and culture, embracing diversity amongst its population of 2.4 billion people, of which 60 percent are under 30 years old. As President and Vice-President of the @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been passionate advocates of the Commonwealth having spent many years working closely with the next generation of Commonwealth leaders. The theme of the Commonwealth for 2020 is ‘Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming', placing emphasis on youth, the environment, trade, governance, and ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and innovation. From working to protect the earth's natural resources and preserving the planet for generations to come, to championing fair trade and empowering the youth of today to transform the communities of tomorrow, the Service celebrates the Commonwealth's continued commitment to delivering a peaceful, prosperous and more sustainable future for all. Photo © PA

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An advocate of accessible education, Meghan is the recipient of a scholarship that enabled her to graduate from Northwestern University.

Therefore, the Duchess was delighted when she became Royal Patron to the association in January last year after Queen Elizabeth served as their patron for 33 years.

THE COMMONWEALTH SERVICE

After wrapping things up at Buckingham Palace, Meghan and Prince Harry headed over to Westminster Abbey, where they attended the annual Commonwealth Service.

Prince William and Kate Middleton arrived shortly after the Sussexes, who had already taken their seats when the Cambridges made their entrance. 

Meghan gave Prince William and Kate a quick and friendly wave as they took their seats in the front row, but Kate hardly looked in their direction as she and Prince William returned Meghan and Prince Harry's greeting.

MOUNTBATTEN MUSIC FESTIVAL

Even so, Prince Harry and Meghan showed over the weekend that they only have eyes for each other. They went to Royal Albert Hall to attend the annual Mountbatten Music Festival on Saturday, and upon their arrival, the perfect shot captured them as a couple in love.

The couple color-coordinated, as Prince Harry's red jacket and black trousers perfectly complemented Meghan's Safiyaa red caped dress. The picture got taken as they held hands entering a room and smiled at each other as their eyes locked.

NO MORE ROYAL PRIVILEGES AFTER THEIR OFFICIAL EXIT

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal exit will be official from the end of March, after which several privileges will fall away. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Canada House on January 7, 2020, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Canada House on January 7, 2020, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images.

With their financial independence from the crown, the Queen will no longer foot the bill for their security staff, and neither will the Canadian government.

The sovereign grant used to renovate Frogmore Cottage will also need to be repaid by the royal couple, who will also no longer go on royal tours on behalf of the Queen.

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