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Meghan Markle Won't Confirm Her Return to the UK

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By Jennifer Vaughn

Meghan and Harry, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have been in Canada for the last few months following the drama surrounding the couple stepping down from royal duties. Now, the Queen beckons for their attendance at the Commonwealth Day service in March. Has Meghan sent in her RSVP to the event? No.

With less than a month until the holiday, one could wonder if Meghan intends to attend the service at all, or if she just prefers to continue living her life in Canada.

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Given the fact that Harry and Meghan are President and Vice President of the Queen's Commonwealth Trust, a lack of attendance could further fuel the drama-filled fire that all started when the couple decided to step down from royal duties. In fact, this event would be one of the very last that the two are expected to attend as royals.

The event spans over two nights, and it is unclear how long Prince Harry and Meghan will stay in attendance if they show up at all.

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The press seems divided with information regarding whether or not the two will choose to attend the festivities. Meghan and Harry just became financially independent after moving to Canada. If Meghan does choose to attend, it will be the first royal event she participates in since deciding to quit her royal duties. Basically, Meghan quit her job to focus on other things, like happiness and motherhood, just to be told the boss needs her to return for one final company retreat.

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I mean, who would be excited about it? Most likely, no one. Still, even though Meghan's attendance is up in the air, maybe she will choose to attend. She does have a few more weeks at this point to decide.

Harry and Meghan gave up their roles and titles to remain the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. While this means they are still technically royal, they are not immediate members of the royal family.

However, stepping down does not necessarily take away Harry's spot in the throne succession line.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
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That being said, maybe Meghan should attend in the event that Harry has to step back up and assume the role of King one day in the future. While the chances of this happening are extremely rare, the line of succession exists.

Would stepping on the Queen's toes with a lack of attendance, followed by a refusal to RSVP, damage the already damaged relationship between Harry and Meghan and the rest of Harry's family? Probably. While the right choice for Meghan to make in this situation is debatable, it is her decision to make.

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