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Kate and Wills' show of support for the Queen amid Sussex drama

Marni Dixit
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·4-min read

Prince William and Kate Middleton will show their support for the Queen by appearing in a TV special just hours before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's interview with Oprah Winfrey airs.

The royals will appear alongside Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Sophie, Countess of Wessex for A Celebration For Commonwealth Day, which is set to air on BBC One on Sunday.

Prince William and Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and the Queen on the Buckingham Palace balcony
Prince William and Kate Middleton are set to show their support for the Queen ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's interview with Oprah Winfrey. Photo: Getty

The TV special will be viewed by millions of Brits before Harry and Meghan's pre-recorded special with Oprah airs a few hours later, with trailers suggesting the pair will hit out at the royal family.

The Queen's Commonwealth Day message will pay tribute to communities across the nations who have come together in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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William and Kate will be seen speaking to medical, charity and volunteer staff across the Commonwealth to find out how they've been able to care for those in their communities.

Charles will speak about the devastation caused by the pandemic, while Camilla will talk about the importance of books.

Harry and Meghan on Oprah
The publication reports that the aides feel that their story should be shared ahead of the couple's interview with Oprah Winfrey. Photo: Harpo Productions

It's the first time in almost fifty years that the annual Commonwealth Service has been cancelled, with the event originally set to take place on March 8 at Westminster Abbey.

According to the Daily Mail, the decision to move the Queen's annual message 24 hours earlier was made by Westminster Abbey, the BBC and the royal family.

The event holds extra significance as it was last year's Commonwealth Service that would become Harry and Meghan's final event as working royals.

It's believed the couple were left in shock when the Queen stripped them of their royal and sporting patronages after they recorded their interview with Oprah.

The interview will air on Sunday, with one source telling the Daily Mail the royals might want to "hide behind the sofa at the palace" which the special airs.

The royals stand apart during Covid
Prince William and Kate will feature alongside the Queen, Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Sophie, Countess of Wessex for A Celebration For Commonwealth Day, which is set to air on BBC One on Sunday. Photo: Getty

Meghan and Harry's TV special is set to be a 90-minute special with CBS saying in a statement, "Winfrey will speak with Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, in a wide-ranging interview, covering everything from stepping into life as a royal, marriage, motherhood, philanthropic work, to how she is handling life under intense public pressure."

"Later, the two are joined by Prince Harry as they speak about their move to the United States and their future hopes and dreams for their expanding family."

Meghan is also expected to chat about the feud with her family on her father's side with UK TV host Holly Willoughby saying Oprah's team had been in touch with ITV for footage of an interview with Meghan's half-sister Samantha Markle.

Royals unaware of Oprah plans

In a statement to the press, Buckingham Palace hinted the royals had no idea of the pair's move to speak with Oprah, simply stating Harry and Meghan are under no obligation to inform them of their plans.

"As non-working members of the royal family they are under no obligation to inform the royal household of such plans," the palace said in the statement.

The very short response from the palace indicates that the Oprah interview hadn't reached any royal ears before news broke, and with everything on the table from pregnancy to Harry and Meghan's royal exit, it looks like an inside glimpse at the workings of the family could be on the cards.

Harry and Meghan's interview with Oprah is set to air in Australia on Channel 10 Monday, March 8 at 7:30pm.

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