'It's nice to be back': Beaming Meghan Markle makes her first public appearance in Britain since declaring Megxit - as she joins Prince Harry at Endeavour Fund Awards in rain-soaked London.

The Duchess of Sussex said it was 'very nice to be back' as she made her first public appearance in the UK tonight since she and her husband Prince Harry announced they were stepping down as senior working royals.

Meghan Markle makes her first public appearance in Britain since declaring Megxit

The couple put on a confident display as they arrived in pouring rain at the annual Endeavour Fund Awards at London's Mansion House on Thursday, smiling broadly as they stepped out of their official car.

Sheltering under an umbrella as they arrived, the duke wore a dark blue suit, white shirt and blue tie, while American former actress Meghan was dressed in a turquoise Victoria Beckham pencil midi dress.

A crowd of about 50 people, standing behind barriers, braved the rain under umbrellas to catch a glimpse of the the duke and duchess. There were cheers and applause as they walked by, but also one loud boo.

Meghan Markle makes her first public appearance in Britain since declaring Megxit

The couple were there to honour the achievements of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women who have taken part in remarkable sporting and adventure challenges over the last year.

All eyes were on Meghan, 38, who has not been seen in this country since she and Harry made the dramatic announcement that they were quitting public life in early January, much to the distress of the Queen.

She presented the Celebrating Excellence Award during the event and said: 'Its very nice to be back. Its the third year I've had the incredible fortune of joining my husband here. It's just the most inspiring space.

'When we were watching the [nomination] videos all the way in Canada we had the same moment of "how are you going to choose?" Well, we've done our best.'  The Daily Mail reported.

Meghan Markle makes her first public appearance in Britain since declaring Megxit

The evening event was the couple's first joint official appearance since announcing their decision to step down as senior royals, which takes effect on March 31.

Harry is joining Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton at the official opening of the Silverstone Experience, a museum about British motor racing, on Friday. The duke and duchess will then attend the Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall on March 7, and Meghan will mark International Women’s Day.

The duke and duchess will join the Queen and other royals at the Commonwealth Day service in Westminster Abbey on March 9, their last official appearance as HRHs.

According to Metro's report, the Sussexes were last seen together on an official engagement on January 7 when they visited Canada House in London to thank the nation for hosting them during their festive break in the Commonwealth country.

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