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Harry and Meghan head to Merseyside for first engagement of 2019

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are to visit Birkenhead in Merseyside for their first official engagement of the year.

Harry and Meghan will see a number of organisations which support and empower groups within the local community.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will visit the Wirral on January 14. Credit: PA

The duke and duchess, who are expecting their first child in the spring, 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.

The Duke and Duchess are expecting a baby in the spring. Credit: PA

The couple will also visit the Hive, Wirral Youth Zone, created by the charity OnSide Youth Zones, which is developing modern 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.

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