Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey is set to air on the same day as the Queen’s Commonwealth Day service address.
Buckingham Palace revealed that the Queen will address the United Kingdom in a televised statement on March 7, hours before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex sit down with Oprah for an “intimate conversation”.
The annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey has been cancelled this year due to the pandemic. Instead of the traditional ceremony, her Majesty would be delivering a televised message from Windsor Castle.
The date for the Commonwealth Day TV special had been decided weeks ago and is apparently not an attempt to sabotage Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview.
“The BBC picked the date of the 7th of March. This was decided weeks and weeks ago, I think well in advance of the Oprah airing date,” Katie Nicholl, a royal correspondent and author, told Entertainment Tonight.
“The Queen will be very upset if anything overshadows the Commonwealth Day service. But I think it’s inevitable given the huge build-up to the Oprah interview,” she added.
The only consolation is that due to the time difference, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah will air in the UK on March 8.
From Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview to their first appearance since announcing pregnancy
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced on Valentine’s Day that they are expecting their second child together. On February 23, the couple made a surprise appearance on Spotify’s Stream On event.
“We created Archewell Audio to make sure that we can elevate voices that maybe aren’t being heard and hear people’s stories,” Meghan said during the appearance.
Harry chimed in, “And the biggest part of this is to create this community of where you can share, that will encourage everybody else to then share their own vulnerabilities within that safe space.”
For the event, Meghan wore a floral-print Oscar de la Renta frock while Harry wore a white button-down and black trousers.
As for Meghan’s chat with Oprah, CBS said in a statement that it would “cover 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.”