Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Just Announced Their First Royal Engagement for 2020

The Sussexes are back! After a lengthy hiatus where they stepped away from the spotlight to spend time as a “normal” family on Vancouver Island in Canada, Duchess Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have returned to the U.K.

Things were a bit bumpy for the duke and duchess in 2019. The pair welcomed their first child, a son named Archie Harrison. Despite their euphoria surrounding their new addition, things weren’t exactly blissful for Markle and Prince Harry. The U.K. press and public have been relentless with their scrutiny of the duchess, criticizing her for everything from her style to her activism.

Though many people assumed the Sussexes might leave royal life behind, it looks like they have returned to their royal duties for 2020.

This is how Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will approach royal life differently in 2020

Since they couldn’t make any headway with their old strategy, the duke and duchess used their break to revamp their royal approach. It looks like they will focus on their passions while building the Sussex Royal Foundation and reaching out to the public. The constant negativity will be ignored this year.

“They are very valuable to the Royal Family, they are wonderful ambassadors,”  royal commentator Juliet Rieden told Nine News Australia.  “They are very, very popular and they are very engaging when you meet them. I have been watching the Royal Family for a long time now and Harry and Meghan have a very tactile connection with the public. That warmth is something that really benefits the Royal Family, Harry and Meghan just have to find a way to make it work for them. It’s just like with anyone in a new job – you have to find a way to do your best but also make your skills shine.”

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Today marks the 70th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth – a family of 53 countries working together to promote democracy, protect human rights, regenerate the environment, and focus not on what makes us different – but rather what we have in ‘common.’ What unites us versus what divides us. Representing nearly one third of the world’s population, 60% of whom are under the age of 30, the Commonwealth also serves as a champion for youth empowerment, which is a key focus of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Her Majesty The Queen serves as patron of the @queens_commonwealth_trust, which Their Royal Highnesses proudly serve as President and Vice-President of. The Duke is also Commonwealth Youth Ambassador. Through The Duke and Duchess’ Commonwealth travels, they have worked with and supported young leaders on mobilizing youth engagement, and working towards a more unified future that spearheads progress, sustainability, optimism, and taking action. With that said, Mozambique, a member state of the Commonwealth, is currently enduring Cyclone Kenneth, the most destructive natural disaster the northern coast has ever experienced. On the heels of Cyclone Idai (where over 1000 people lost their lives) this cyclone will leave the people of Mozambique victim to catastrophic flooding, food insecurity, displacement, and obliteration of their homes and villages. If you’d like to help, please visit Photo credit: Chris Jackson & Samir Hussein

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will make a major announcement about Sussex Royal this year

In addition to their new approach to royal life — the Sussexes have just trademarked Sussex Royal. Some royal fans are convinced they are set to build a global charity. “We await the launch of Harry and Meghan’s Sussex Royal Foundation to discover their intentions,” royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told Express U.K. “It all depends on what they mean to do with the Sussex Royal Foundation, where it will be based, what celebrity links there will be and whether it will have a branch in the USA. They are expected to make their plans clear soon. There are likely to be important celebrity links to their future charitable work such as Harry’s collaborating with Oprah Winfrey for a TV documentary series on mental health due to be aired this year.”

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Just one week ago, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex asked that you kindly consider supporting various organisations around the world in lieu of sending gifts for the upcoming arrival of their first born. Not only did many of you lend your support, you took action. Their Royal Highnesses wanted you to know the impact of your support – the direct effect your donation, energy, and action made! YOU chose to be part of the collective good, and you have made a real difference. Whether a $5 donation, £1000 contribution, offering to volunteer, or spreading the word – you’ve played your part. And on behalf of The Duke and Duchess (and Baby Sussex), we thank you so much. YOUR IMPACT: @thelunchboxfund will now be able to provide a minimum of 100,000 additional hot nutritionally fortified meals to children in dire need across South Africa @littlevillagehq received donations from all over the world (from UAE to Hong Kong and the US), they’ve increased their monthly donors, had a surge in volunteer applications, and re-energized their hard working team of 200+ staff and volunteers @wellchild can now provide 300+ additional hours of specialist care by a Well Child Nurse for a child with serious health needs, allowing families to stay together at home vs in hospital @Baby2Baby have received over 5,000 products to disperse to children in need, including cribs, books, backpacks, diapers and have received monetary donations from around the globe – from Guadalajara to Italy. You made this happen. Thank you.

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This is Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s first royal engagement of 2020

Now that the Sussexes have returned from their vacation, they are getting right back to work. On Jan. 7 — the couple will visit Canada House in London to meet with Janice Charette, High Commissioner in Canada to the U.K. and her staff. The Sussexes spokesperson announced that the visit will be “to thank them for the warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada.”

While they are at Canada House, the duke and duchess will also view a special exhibition by Indigenous Canadian artist Skawennati and visit with the High Commission team who work to maintain partnerships between Canada and the U.K.

It looks like the Sussexes will be booked and busy all 2020.