LONDON, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Queen Elizabeth II and other British royals will be appearing on a television program to discuss the importance of the Commonwealth, on the same day that Oprah Winfrey’s interview with her grandson, the Prince Harry, and his wife Meghan.
For nearly 50 years, the royal family has attended an annual Commonwealth Day service at London’s Westminster Abbey in March, but this year it has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Instead, the 94-year-old monarch, who heads the 54-nation association, will give a televised speech as part of a program titled “A Celebration for Commonwealth Day,” which will air March 7 on the BBC. The abbey.
There will also be contributions from the heir to the throne, Prince Charles, and the next in line of succession, Prince William, with his wife Catherine.
That means they’ll air hours before CBS airs Harry and Meghan’s long-awaited television appearance, their first in-depth interview since the couple moved to the United States.
Winfrey’s scoop comes at a time when the couple has been making headlines around the world with the announcement that they are expecting their second child and the news that they will be leaving their royal duties forever.
“We are very pleased that this rich and vibrant BBC program with the Royal Family and the Abbey at its heart celebrates our global connections at a time when we are all so physically isolated,” said David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster.
Harry and Meghan attended the Commonwealth Day service in person last year. It was his final royal engagement before moving to Los Angeles and walking away from his official duties, a decision that shocked the monarchy.
Last week, Buckingham Palace announced that the couple would not return and that their treasured royal patronages would return to the queen and be distributed among other members of the family.
(Reporting by Michael Holden. Edited in Spanish by Lucila Sigal)