The significant reason Meghan and Harry picked today as their last royal event

Catriona Harvey-Jenner
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From Cosmopolitan

Like some kind of fleeting rainbow, Meghan Markle (and Prince Harry, although he wore notably less vibrant colours) came and went this week, as they carried out their last engagements as a full-time, working royal couple.

Today was the final hurrah, as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey alongside brother-and-sister-in-law Prince William and Kate Middleton and numerous other senior royals. Although the plans changed for the event at the last minute, all seemed to go smoothly as Meghan and Harry arrived smiling while they greeted official guests.

This is the last time we'll see the Sussexes in such a formal capacity (although they'll be reuniting with the royal family in June) but they'll retain their official titles and roles until the end of this month. So why are they choosing to pack it all in so early, with three weeks still to go? As it happens, there's actually a major significance about the event the Duke and Duchess attended today.

If they had followed the royal path that was laid out for them, Meghan and Harry's big focus would have been surrounding the Commonwealth. Remember all the flowers representing the 54 Commonwealth countries that Meghan Markle had sewn into her veil on her wedding day?

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The couple care so much about the Commonwealth that the Queen made them President and Vice-President of the Queen's Commonwealth Trust, and several of the Sussexes' royal tours have been based around Commonwealth countries. So it makes sense that they chose today, the day of the Commonwealth Service, to say farewell to their old life.

Speaking before the event to the BBC, Royal Correspondent for the Sunday Times Roya Nikkhah said: "All eyes will be on Harry and Meghan today. This is a big day for the Queen. The Commonwealth has always been so important to her, and of course Harry and Meghan were supposed to be these great ambassadors for the Commonwealth, that was going to be one of their big roles.

"Very poignant for the queen, very poignant probably for Harry and Meghan, their last official engagement as working royals," Nikkhah continued. "A big day for them and for the royal family. It’s a landmark day."

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The service today saw performances from singers Alexandra Burke and Craig David (who Prince Harry later fist-bumped on his way out of the Abbey, naturally), as well as a moving speech by boxer, Anthony Joshua. The event specifically highlighted the diversity, links and commitment of the 54 commonwealth nations, many of which are former territories of the British Empire. What a highlight for Megxit to go out on.

So it looks like it's farewell, then. For now, anyway.

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