Queen to address the nation on Sunday - hours before Harry and Meghan’s Oprah interview

Queen Elizabeth II will deliver a televised message to the nation on Sunday at 5pm.

Sunday, 7th March 2021, 12:32 pm
Queen Elizabeth II (Photo by Ben Stansall - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The royal address, scheduled to be broadcast on BBC One at 5pm on Sunday (March 7), and will be screened just hours before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Oprah interview in the US.

In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: “In Her Majesty’s annual Commonwealth Day message, the Queen will pay tribute to the way in which communities across the family of nations have come together in response to the pandemic.”

The Prince of Wales has also recorded a message for the programme addressing “the universal devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic”.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have also taken part in the programme.

The palace said the programme, organised with the support of the Royal Commonwealth Society and Westminster Abbey, would celebrate “Her Majesty’s lifetime commitment to the Commonwealth”.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will speak to Oprah Winfrey in a highly-anticipated upcoming TV special, which will also air on March 7.

Oprah With Meghan And Harry: A CBS Primetime Special has been described by the US television network as an "intimate conversation".

The news follows the announcement that the royal couple are expecting their second child.

The interview is being screened in a 90-minute special on CBS at 8pm in the US on Sunday, which will be in the early hours of Monday UK time.

The programme will be broadcast on ITV on Monday 8 March at 9pm.

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