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The Queen's subtle jab at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

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

The Queen has given her Commonwealth Day address just hours before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey airs, with some comments seemingly referencing the pair.

Her Majesty praised the "dedication to duty" alongside Prince Charles, Prince William and Kate, Prince Charles and Camilla and Prince Edward's wife Sophie, the Countess of Wessex.

The Queen has seemingly referenced Harry and Meghan during her Commonwealth Day address hours before their Oprah Winfrey interview. Photo: Getty
The Queen has seemingly referenced Harry and Meghan during her Commonwealth Day address hours before their Oprah Winfrey interview. Photo: Getty

During the special broadcast, the Queen referred to "testing times" and stressed the importance of unity and family.

"The testing times experienced by so many have led to a deeper appreciation of the mutual support and spiritual sustenance we enjoy by being connected to others," she said.

She also spoke of technology and how online communication "transcends boundaries or division, helping any sense of distance to disappear".

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The Queen also paid tribute to front-line workers involved in the fight against Covid-19. 

The Commonwealth Day address had always been planned for what ended up being the same day as Harry and Meghan's interview with Oprah, a Buckingham Palace source told Harper's Bazaar's Omid Scobie.

"The Commonwealth Day programme had always been scheduled on this date, however, the timing will no doubt be a reminder to viewers where the priorities of the royal family lie," the publication wrote.

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
The Queen will reportedly not watch Harry and Meghan's interview with Oprah Winfrey. Photo: Harpo Productions

It comes after sources say the Queen will not be watching Harry and Meghan's explosive interview with Oprah.

The Sunday Times reports Her Majesty will not watch the interview, as her focus is instead on national issues.

"You will see next week Her Majesty has quite a few things going on," a source told the paper. "I don't think anyone should expect Her Majesty to stay up and watch the interview. She won't.

"What should Monday really be about? Children going back to school, the effectiveness of the vaccine programme - these are the big issues the royal family wants to focus on, not news about the circus that is Oprah and all things Sussex."

Another source added that the Sussexes were undermining the monarchy's work, "The mood in the family is: can everyone just shut the hell up and can we just get on with the day job."

The Queen will ignore Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's explosive Oprah Winfrey interview with her mind only on 'duty and Prince Philip'. Photo: Getty
The Queen's mind will only be on 'duty and Prince Philip' rather than the Sussexes. Photo: Getty

According to the Sunday Express, the Queen's mind is "only on duty and Philip", who has been in hospital for 19 days and recently underwent a successful heart operation.

Last year's Commonwealth Day Service held at Westminster Abbey was Harry and Meghan's final engagement as senior members of the royal family before they moved to the US.

This year's event comes after Buckingham Palace announced Harry and Meghan would not be returning as "working members of the royal family".

"Following conversations with the duke, the queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of the royal family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service," a statement noted on February 19. 

"The honorary military appointments and royal patronages held by the duke and duchess will therefore be returned to Her Majesty before being redistributed among working members of the royal family."

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