Meghan Markle to make her first appearance with the Queen on Commonwealth Day

It's only a matter of time before Meghan Markle officially becomes a royal, but for now, it's all about impressing the family, starting with the matriarch herself, Queen Elizabeth II. According to reports, Meghan Markle is finally going to step out into the public eye with the Queen.

According to People, the actress-turned-royal and Prince Harry will join the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William, and Kate Middleton for a special church service for Commonwealth Day on Monday, March 12.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

The Queen, 91, is head of the Commonwealth, which is the global network of 53 countries with more than two billion people, and the annual Abbey service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the UK. But the Duke of Edinburgh, who has effectively retired from public duties, will not be attending.

The event is a huge deal and, ideally, only the highest-ranking members of the royal family accompany the queen for the ceremony. This year, the other royal guests who will be attending the event include the Duke of York, Princess Royal, Countess of Wessex, the Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Alexandra.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit the Nottingham Academy as part of their first official public engagements together on December 1, 2017 in Nottingham (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The service will include a special performance by One Direction’s Liam Payne and a reflection by Dr Andrew Bastawrous, an eye surgeon who turned a smartphone into an examination tool that combats avoidable blindness in developing counties.

After the service, William, Kate, Harry, and Meghan will head into the square behind the Abbey to meet school children, before they attend a reception for people involved in the event.

Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Harry and Meghan signaled their commitment to the Commonwealth and its people when they both mentioned the institution during an interview to mark their engagement.

The prince said they looked forward to traveling around the Commonwealth, meeting some of the 2.4 billion people from the 53 member states. The fact that Meghan is joining in several official royal appearances underlines how quickly she is being acclimatized to the family and its public roles.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the first annual Royal Foundation Forum held at Aviva on February 28, 2018 in London (Getty Images)

If you have any views or stories that you would like to share with us, drop us an email at

About Author

Vidisha Joshi


Ant McPartlin’s ex-wife believes she could have saved him from ‘drink-drive’ shame
Amber Rose goes after those who called her son 'gay' for liking Taylor Swift
Vanessa Trump confronted Aubrey O'Day after finding about her affair with husband Donald Trump Jr.
Selena Gomez is eager to go back home after seeing Justin Bieber with Baskin Champion
Kylie Jenner criticized for wearing a waist trainer months after giving birth to Stormi
Move over Kardashians! Amir Khan and Faryal Makhdoom might soon be taking over TV with their own reality show
Emily Blunt has a personal song suggestion for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's royal wedding
Tiffany Trump splits from longtime boyfriend Ross Mechanic
Frustrated with doctors, Sarah Hyland reaches out to fans over her 'chronic pain'
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reportedly want to start a family soon after royal wedding


A royal nightmare? Nude pics of Meghan Markle leaked, Kensington Palace calls them fake
Jonah Hill's brother Jordan Feldstein's cause of death has been confirmed
Jim Carrey releases ‘monstrous’ painting and people are convinced it looks like Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Ant McPartlin arrested for drinking and driving after causing terrifying accident in South London
Dwayne Johnson posts emotional tribute to WWE legend Hulk Hogan: 'Suddenly I feel 16 again'