Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex at the Mountbatten Festival of Music at Royal Albert Hall on Saturday
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle plan to focus on the military when they step back from Royal duties

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ‘will focus on the military when they step back from Royal duties, taking on issues such as medical care and homelessness among veterans’

  • Duke and Duchess plan to set up a charity after stepping back from Royal family
  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle want to help injured former military members
  • New charitable venture will aim to tackle homelessness among armed forces
  • On Monday Harry and Meghan will take part in their last official engagement 
  • Pair will step down as working royals and move to Canada at the end of March

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle plan to set up a charitable organisation to help injured and homeless veterans, it has emerged.

The Duke and Duchess reportedly want to set up a new charity to give assistance to former military personnel, both in Britain and the US.

The cause is close to their hearts and both feel passionately about doing all they can for those who served in the armed forces.

According to the Mirror, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex plan to tackle homelessness and issues around medical care for ex-service personnel.

A source told the paper the couple want to ‘collectively make a change in the armed forces arena’.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex at the Mountbatten Festival of Music at Royal Albert Hall on Saturday

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex at the Mountbatten Festival of Music at Royal Albert Hall on Saturday

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined the Queen for church in Windsor after they were invited by Her Majesty

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined the Queen for church in Windsor after they were invited by Her Majesty

The Queen, Meghan Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force in London in 2018

The Queen, Meghan Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force in London in 2018

The new planned charity would be the pair’s first venture since announcing they want to move to Canada and set back from royal duties in January. 

Palace sources said the move to help members of the military would be ‘hugely welcomed’ by the Queen.

On Monday Harry and Meghan will take part in their last official engagement before they step down as working royals at the end of this month.

They will stand alongside the Queen, Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince William and Kate, at the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey. 

On Sunday Harry and Meghan joined the Queen for a church service in Windsor. 

It was the first time that Meghan, 38, and the Queen, 93, have seen each other since the bombshell announcement on January 6.

Harry and Meghan are currently visiting the UK for a series of final engagements as working royals. 

The Queen was joined at Sunday Church by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the Royal Chapel of All Saints, Windsor, Berkshire, on Sunday

The Queen was joined at Sunday Church by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the Royal Chapel of All Saints, Windsor, Berkshire, on Sunday 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle joined the Queen for Sunday's church service in Windsor (pictured)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle joined the Queen for Sunday’s church service in Windsor (pictured) 

The royal couple have left baby Archie at home in Canada which reportedly left the Queen ‘disappointed’ as  she will not get the chance to see her great-grandson again.

It is understood Her Majesty wanted to support the royal couple by inviting them to the church service.

On Saturday the Duke and Duchess attended the Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall.

Prince Harry, 35, who attended the event at the South Kensington venue in his role as Captain General of the Royal Marines, wore a mess dress uniform complete with medals awarded from two tours of Afghanistan.

It was the final time that the Duke will go on an engagement in his official Royal Marines capacity, having inherited the rank of Captain General from his 98-year-old grandfather Prince Philip in 2017. 

The Sussexes received a round of applause and a standing ovation before singing the National Anthem. John Suchet, who was compering the evening, told how ‘honoured we are’ to have them in attendance.

Members of the Royal Marines showcased their musicianship and pageantry during the two-day festival, which is marking the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.  

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