What's next for Duchess Meghan now that the royal tour is over?

By Meaghan Wray

One of the biggest and busiest years of Duchess Meghan’s life is nearly coming to a close. With her royal wedding to Prince Harry, the announcement of future Baby Sussex and her first-ever overseas tour all wrapped up, it’s hard to imagine what she could get up to next! While nothing is officially on the books as of yet, there’s no doubt that the newly minted Duchess of Sussex will be back to her royal duties sooner than later.

Christmas is fast approaching, meaning it’ll be exactly one year since royal watchers first saw the former actress join the Royal Family for her first holiday season at Sandringham. It’ll be a wonderfully nostalgic moment as we see the duchess with her new family members – and a much more pronounced baby bump for the holidays! As always, her festive look will be a source of great excitement after hitting a stylish home run last year in with her Sentaler Coat, adorable Chloé bag and favourite Birks snowflake earrings.

Meghan dazzled at her first royal Christmas service. Photo: © Getty Images

Given the Suits alum’s American upbringing, many fans are wondering if Meghan will get to ring in her first pregnancy with a classic baby shower. The tradition, common in North America, is not-so-common in the United Kingdom. But Harper’s Bazaar points out that the custom also isn’t against royal protocol, and royal expert Marlene Koenig told the publication that she would “not be surprised if the Duchess of Sussex’s American and Canadian friends might do something and throw her a shower.” Perhaps BFFs Jessica Mulroney , Serena Williams and Priyanka Chopra will join forces and throw her a special party? And who knows – maybe her sister-in-law, Duchess Kate, will lend a hand!

Other than the major baby excitement, November is shaping up to be a busy month for the royal. Meghan is expected to step out alongside Harry, William and Kate for the Festival of Remembrance Service on the evening of Nov. 10 at Westminster Abbey, an annual tradition for members of the Royal Family as they honour fallen soldiers – especially on this year’s 100th anniversary of the First World War. She and Harry are also likely to join their relatives and other European royals at the Queen's glitzy dinner celebrating Prince Charles' 70th birthday on his big day, Nov. 14, as well as making their debut at the annual Royal Variety Performance on Nov. 19.

And despite Meghan’s pregnancy, it’s likely that she’ll be hard at work almost straight through to her due date, just like Duchess Kate, whose maternity leaves have typically been quite short for all three children. Her first with Prince George in 2013 was barely a leave at all – she finished her work on June 15, gave birth on July 22 and was back to business by Aug. 20, leaving herself with just less than a month to recover. And during her most recent pregnancy with Prince Louis, Kate was on tour with Prince William in Scandinavia just three months before he was born in April!

Meghan will likely be joining Duchess Kate, Prince William and Prince Harry at the Remembrance Service this year. Photo: © EDDIE MULHOLLAND/AFP/Getty Images

We can also look forward to the 37-year-old continuing to cement her place within ‘the Firm,’ and one major way to kickstart carving her niche will be announcing her patronages. Her sister-in-law revealed her first four charities eight months after saying “I do” to Prince William, and since many of Meghan’s royal firsts have come at a much faster pace she’s likely to align with the causes close to her heart in the coming months. From there, she’ll have places to go and people to see!

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