Back to work! Harry and Meghan’s first official engagement of the year will be a visit to Merseyside – as they prepare to welcome their first baby this spring
- Duke and Duchess of Sussex will return to work after the festive break next week
- The couple’s first engagement will be to organisations in Merseyside on the 14th
- Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, will welcome their first child together this spring
Stephanie Linning For Mailonline
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will kick off a year of engagements with a visit to Merseyside, it has been announced.
Harry, 34, and his pregnant wife, 37, will take part in a number of meetings with community organisations in Birkenhead next Monday, as they return to work following time off over the festive season.
The couple have a busy 12 months ahead with their first child together due this spring.
Busy year ahead: Harry, 34, and his pregnant wife, 37, will take part in a number of meetings with community organisations in Birkenhead next Monday, as they return to work following time off over the festive season. Pictured, the couple at Sandringham on Christmas Day
Harry and Meghan will travel to the Wirral on Monday January 14 to see a number of organisations which support and empower groups within the local community.
The duke and duchess will visit Tomorrow’s Women Wirral, an organisation that supports women in vulnerable circumstances.
It was set up in 2011 to support women on their release from prison, and now offers a range of training courses and workshops for more than 6,000 local women, including support groups around mental health issues, domestic abuse and addiction.
Harry and Meghan will hear from some of the women about their experiences.
A year to remember: The couple have a busy 12 months ahead with their first child together due this spring. Pictured, Meghan at a solo engagement in Twickenham last month
The couple will also visit the Hive, Wirral Youth Zone, created by thecharity OnSide Youth Zones, which is developing 21st century youth facilities across the UK.
The Hive aims to provide a safe environment for young people to help them build key skills and raise their aspirations and confidence.
The duke and duchess will also meet members of the public in Hamilton Square when they view a new sculpture marking the 100th anniversary of the death of Birkenhead war poet Wilfred Owen.
Working hard: The Duke of Cambridge, 36, will attend an event marking the 30 years of London’s Air Ambulance on 9 January – the Duchess of Cambridge’s 37th birthday. Pictured, the couple attending the Christmas Day church service at Sandringham, Norfolk, last year
Meanwhile Prince William will carry out his first official engagement of the year on his wife’s birthday.
The Duke of Cambridge, 36, will attend an event marking the 30 years of London’s Air Ambulance on 9 January – the Duchess of Cambridge’s 37th birthday.
William, a former air ambulance pilot, will meet professionals behind the service on a visit to the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, in east London.
It comes weeks after it was revealed that the Duke of Cambridge spent fewer days on royal duties in 2018 than either his father Prince Charles, 70, or his aunt Princess Anne, 68.