Prince Harry & Meghan Markle to return to the UK at the Queen's request

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have only just left the UK to start a new life overseas, but they will now return to London after the Queen issued a special plea.

The couple will attend the special Commonwealth service at Westminster Abbey in London on March 9 and have been asked to mingle with other members of the senior royal family in a bid to help the monarchy look like a united front.

Harry & Meghan on their wedding day

Harry & Meghan on their wedding day

The traditional Commonwealth service will also be attended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.

The annual religious service is very important to the Queen and has always been one of her favourite events in the royal calendar.

The Queen at the Commonwealth Service

The Queen at Commonwealth Service

She has agreed that his event will be part of the final round of royal engagements for Meghan and Harry and they will then have her full blessing to transition away from royal life.

They will attend the service as president and vice-president of the Queen's Commonwealth Trust.

Last week, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended an event for JP Morgan in Miami, where Harry spoke to 425 bankers about facing his grief after the death of his mother, Princess Diana, in August 1997, when he was just 12 years old.

Harry and his mum, Diana, and brother William

Harry and his mum, Diana, and brother William

Meghan reportedly spoke at the event about how much she loves her husband.

The Sunday Times reported that there was no confirmation the couple got paid for their appearance, but there have been reports that the speech earned them $1 million (£760,000).

News of the couple's appearance back in England  follows reports they both turned down an invitation to present the award for Best Picture the Oscars.

According to a source, "they were honoured by the request, but declined the invitation".

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