Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Make First Public Appearance Since Royal Exit — in Miami!

The royal couple headed to South Beach for a private event

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are stepping out — in South Beach.

On Thursday, the royal couple made their first joint public appearance since announcing they were “stepping back” from royal life at a private JPMorgan event. The news was first reported by Page Six.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who will no longer be using their “royal highness” titles, attended the event at 1 Hotel in Miami’s South Beach.

Harry gave a speech at the event, PEOPLE has learned, while Meghan did not.

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The couple — and their 9-month-old son Archie — have been staying in a $14 million mansion on Vancouver Island, with Meghan enjoying the scenery on hikes with her beagle Guy and the couple’s Labrador. “They are enjoying living a quiet life,” an insider says. “They go for long walks, they do yoga, and Meghan cooks. They are real homebodies who love to chill out with Archie and the dogs.”

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Meghan’s close friend, Markus Anderson, has been staying at the couple’s new home on Vancouver Island.

“It was just this tremendous shift when Meghan returned to Canada [after their announcement],” a source tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “You could tell that she felt so much less stressed.”

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