Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are getting back to work! The royal pair's first engagement of 2019

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are getting back to work! Kensington Palace revealed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will visit Birkenhead in England on Monday, January 14. Harry and Meghan’s visit will mark their first official engagement of 2019. The expectant parents have a full day of events planned to honor the military and women’s issues. The pair will start their day at Hamilton Square, where they will unveil a sculpture celebrating the 100th anniversary of poet and soldier Wilfred Owen’s death.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's first engagement of 2019 will be on January 14 Photo: Getty Images

Keeping the spirit of honoring soldiers, the royal parents-to-be will meet members of the Birkenhead Institute Old Boys – of which Wilfred was once a member. Meghan, 37, and Harry, 34, will also spend some time meeting with local veterans, before stepping out to greet members of the public. Meghan, who has a passion for women’s rights, will be joined by her husband for an engagement close to her heart.

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The Duke and Duchess will travel to Tomorrow’s Women Wirral, which is an organization that was set up to support women ahead of their release from prison. The inspiring program, which was established in 2011, has a series of training courses for more than 6,000 local women, which include support groups for mental health, domestic abuse and addiction. Harry and Meghan’s trip will be the first time royal watchers have seen them out since the couple appeared with the royal family for Christmas service at Sandringham.

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Before Christmas, Meghan stepped out to spread some holiday cheer at the Brinsworth House nursing home facility. The Duchess was all smiles as she visited the care home for retired British entertainers. During the visit, the former TV star cradled her baby bump, saying: "I'm feeling very pregnant." 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will visit the town of Birkenhead Photo: Getty Images

While Harry sat that event out, he marked a milestone, accompanying Meghan and singer Adele, during one of her field trips to the Hubb Community Kitchen on December 20. The Duchess has been involved with the kitchen at the Al Manaar Centre in West London, making regular visits throughout the year. Meghan also co-authored the charity cookbook Together, which has raised thousands of dollars for the community kitchen.

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