The Queen and senior members of the Royal Family will attend a special television show celebrating the Commonwealth just hours before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex Oprah interview airs in the US.
The annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey was canceled this year for the first time in nearly half a century due to the pandemic.
Instead, the Queen will share her annual message on A Celebration For Commonwealth Day on Sunday March 7th, which will air on BBC One.
Harry and Meghan’s intimate interview with Oprah Winfrey will be shown on Sunday at 8 p.m. in the US in a 90-minute special on CBS that will take place in the early hours of British Monday.
Megxit was finalized in a 12 month review last week when Buckingham Palace confirmed that Harry and Meghan would never return as working royals and that the Queen had stripped them of their royal patronage and Harry of his honorary military roles.
The Sussex camp replied with a farewell shot: “We can all lead a life of service. The service is universal, ”which led to allegations that they stuck two fingers into the institution of the monarchy and were disrespectful to the queen and her decades of public duties.
The Queen is the symbolic head of the Commonwealth and greatly appreciates the role.
Last year’s Commonwealth service, just weeks before England was first locked in the US, was Harry and Meghan’s last appearance before giving up their royal duties and starting their lives in the US.
The Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Countess of Wessex will also be on the BBC show.
They will share their perspectives on the importance of our Commonwealth connections, the abbey said.
The service, which should be held on Monday March 8th, is an important part of the royal calendar and has been held every year since 1972.
Typically around 2,000 people gather in the church in central London to celebrate the voluntary union of 54 nations.
The Dean of Westminster, the very venerable Dr. David Hoyle said, “The Commonwealth Service is one of the abbey’s main annual services, but since it is not possible to gather here, we took the opportunity to celebrate the celebration well beyond these walls.
“We are delighted that this rich and vibrant BBC programming with the Royal Family and the Abbey is at the center of our global connections at a time when we are all so physically isolated.”