Queen Elizabeth to Make Speech on the Same Day as Harry and Meghan's Oprah Interview

The Sussexes are set for their first sit-down interview since their engagement in 2017.

Just hours before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's interview with Oprah is set to air on March 7, Queen Elizabeth will be making her own televised appearance.

The Independent reports that the Queen will be delivering a speech as part of a special television program for Commonwealth Day. Since the annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey has been called off this year due to the pandemic, BBC One will broadcast a special, featuring the Queen and other members of the royal family.

"The Commonwealth Service is one of the Abbey's most important annual services, but as it is not possible to gather here, we have seized the chance to take the celebration well beyond these walls," the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr. David Hoyle, said in a statement to Independent. "We are so pleased that this rich and vibrant BBC programme with the royal family and the Abbey at its heart will celebrate our global connections at a time when we are all so physically isolated."

On Sunday, March 7, CBS will air Harry and Meghan's first sit-down TV interview since their engagement interview back in 2017. During the interview, Oprah will speak with the Duchess of Sussex about life as a Royal, marriage, motherhood, philanthropic work to how she is handling life under intense public pressure. The two will later on be joined by Prince Harry for a conversation about the couple's move to the United States, and what's next in their future.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex recently confirmed they will not be returning to their roles as working members of the royal family. As such, Buckingham Palace released a statement saying their patronages and Prince Harry's honorary military appointments will be "returned to Her Majesty, before being redistributed among working members of The Royal Family."

"As evidenced by their work over the past year, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex remain committed to their duty and service to the U.K. and around the world, and have offered their continued support to the organisations they have represented regardless of official role," a spokesperson for the Sussexes said in response. "We can all live a life of service. Service is universal."

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