A key royal will be missing from Prince Harry and Meghan's last official appearance

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will join the Queen and other key members of the royal family at a Commonwealth Day service - but there will be one noticable exception. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will both be back in the UK for the annual occasion commemorating the commonwealth, to be held at Westminster Abbey on March 9 - but Prince Andrew will be absent from the event.

The decision for him to stay away comes in line with Prince Andrew deciding to step back from royal duties, following a disastrous interview on the BBC over his friendship with convicted pedophile, Jeffrey Epstein.

All eyes will be on the royal family as they attend the ceremony, known to be one of the Queen's favourites, because it is likely to be the last official royal duty carried out by Meghan and Harry before they begin their new life on March 31. 

They will join the Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the service.

According to royal sources Harry is finding his last few weeks of being a senior royal,  "emotional" and "bittersweet".

One of Harry's old friends told Vanity Fair, "It’s an emotional time for him in many ways.

"I think in many ways it’s bittersweet. He’s always wanted to have a regular life and to get away from the spotlight, and that’s what he's doing, but it basically means walking away from his family.

"Harry’s a loving loyal guy so that will be very hard for him."

The Duke has reportedly told friends that not being able to use his HRH title is "a small price to pay" for the freedom he will find in his new life with his young family. 

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