The Queen, in a message televised just hours before the Sussexes Oprah interview, stressed the importance of staying in touch with family and friends during “test periods”.
Focusing on the global impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the monarch spoke of the use of technology that “crosses borders or divisions” and how the need to connect with others during the Covid-19 crisis Was “rated lower”.
She also praised the “selfless commitment to duty” throughout the Commonwealth, especially on the front lines.
Senior kings like the Prince of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have teamed up to appear on the special BBC One broadcast on Commonwealth Day on Sunday as the bitter aftermath of the Megxit continued.
The Queen’s audio message celebrated the collaboration but contrasted with the royal family’s troubles.
When Harry and Meghan were to focus on their own life experiences within the monarchy, the Queen, who heads the Commonwealth, used her Commonwealth Day message to highlight “friendship, spirit of unity and achievements” around the world and the Benefits of working together to fight the virus.
“The trial periods that so many have experienced have led to a deeper appreciation of the mutual support and spiritual livelihood that we enjoy when we are connected with others,” she said.
Buckingham Palace is preparing for what Harry and Meghan will say in their controversial two-hour conversation with Oprah Winfrey – which will air in the US on Sunday while the Duke of Edinburgh remains unwell in the hospital.
In excerpts, Meghan has already accused The Firm – as the royal family is sometimes called – of “perpetuating falsehoods” and how she now felt free to make her own decisions.
While the footage of the Queen’s numerous official video calls was being played, the 94-year-old admitted that the innovative technology “was new to some of us. Conversations and joint get-togethers, including Commonwealth meetings, were held online so that people could stay in touch with friends, family, colleagues and colleagues they could not meet in person.
She said, “We are increasingly able to enjoy such communication as it offers an immediacy that transcends boundaries or divisions and helps to dissipate any sense of distance.
“We all continued to appreciate the support, breadth of experience and knowledge that the collaboration brings.”
She praised the “selfless commitment to duty” of the medical staff and other key workers.
“While the past year’s experiences have varied across the Commonwealth, moving examples of courage, commitment and selfless commitment to duty have been shown in all countries and territories of the Commonwealth, particularly those on the front lines and in health care, and others public services in their communities, “she said.
Harry and Meghan were accused of disregarding the monarch’s own service life when their final departure for the Megxit was completed two weeks ago. Her camp said in a farewell shot: “We can all lead a life of service. Service is universal. “
The news, recorded in Windsor, was accompanied by new footage of the Queen filmed last week at the castle where she was in jail.
The monarch, dressed in a delphinium blue dress and jacket by Angela Kelly, walks through the great St. George’s Hall, which was lined with Commonwealth flags.
She is flanked socially aloof by her Master of Household Vice Admiral Sir Tony Johnstone-Burt and her assistant private secretary Matthew Magee, who are part of the Queen’s HMS bubble with reduced staff and both smiling broadly.
The Queen then sits at an ornate desk in the center of the hall and signs her Commonwealth Day message.
On her jacket is the sapphire-chrysanthemum brooch that she wore in a photo on her 73rd wedding anniversary with Philip in November.
The message was played over a montage of footage from the Commonwealth and was partly reminiscent of the Queen’s Christmas Day broadcasts.
The one-off BBC show was arranged after the annual Commonwealth Day event at Westminster Abbey was canceled this year due to the Covid-19 crisis.
Last year’s service in central London’s Church was the scene of Harry and Meghan’s last official engagement as high-ranking kings before they left the working monarchy.
They had been hailed as the new stars of the Commonwealth after pledging to work with the club their entire lives.
The Prince of Wales was on the program alone in the abbey, where his youngest son did his last public service and where they were last seen together in public when he gave a speech.
Charles said the pandemic had hit every country, “cruelly robbing countless people of their lives and livelihoods,” but praised how people responded with “extraordinary determination, courage and creativity.”
William and Kate were filmed making video calls to medical, charitable and volunteer workers in South Africa, Bangladesh and Malaysia while the Countess of Wessex spoke to three Commonwealth women ahead of International Women’s Day.
The Duchess of Cornwall was interviewed by Clare Balding in the Abbey’s Poets’ Corner about the importance of reading for children during a troubled year of education.
Most of the program was filmed in the abbey and presented on broadcaster Anita Rani with musical performances and prayers from the Dean of Westminster.