Queen and Kate Middleton plan special TV show on same day as Meghan’s Oprah interview

Members of the royal family will come together to share messages in a TV programme in place of this year’s Commonwealth Day Service, which has been cancelled.


The annual celebration, which was Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s final ever public engagement as royals last year before they quit, normally takes place in March but has been called off due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Instead, the Queen will share her annual message in a special programme, A Celebration For Commonwealth Day.

The show will air on BBC One on March 7 – the same day as Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s tell all interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Prince Charles, Camilla, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Sophie Wessex are all due to be part of the programme, Westminster Abbey has confirmed.

Announcing the news, the abbey tweeted: “We’re really pleased to tell you that BBC One will broadcast A Celebration for Commonwealth Day on 7 March.

“The special programme replaces this year’s Commonwealth Day service which is unable to go ahead due to the pandemic, and will include a special message from HM The Queen.

“Presented from the Abbey by Anita Rani, the programme will feature music and readings from across the Commonwealth, and reflections from The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Countess of Wessex.”

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