Royal fans are in for a double helping on the TV front next month – last week, it was announced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be doing a sit down interview with Oprah Winfrey, where they’ll discuss everything from their choice to step down as senior working royals, to Meghan’s experience of motherhood. Now, the Queen and the rest of the royal family have shared that they’ll be airing a TV show of their own… on the same date (7 March).
However, this second royal show is less tell-all and more official duty orientated, as it’s set to revolve around Commonwealth Day. Typically a televised celebratory service would be held at Westminister Abbey (if you cast your mind back to March of last year, it was the last time that we saw Meghan and Harry appear in an official working capacity), but this year, due to the pandemic, the celebrations have sadly been cancelled.
“The annual Commonwealth Day service on March 8 will not take place this year,” wrote royal expert Rebecca English on Twitter. “But to mark Commonwealth Day, HM The Queen will share her annual message in ‘A Celebration for Commonwealth Day’, to be broadcast March 7 on BBC One. Interesting scheduling!”
Meghan and Harry’s 60 Minutes Oprah chat will air on CBS from 8pm Eastern Time (in the US) on Sunday 7th March – which is 1am on Monday 8th March in the United Kingdom. Fans in the UK are hoping it will appear on YouTube shortly after.
As well as remarking on the “interesting scheduling”, English added, “The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Countess of Wessex will also take part in the programme, sharing their perspectives on the importance of our Commonwealth links.”
The Commonwealth is an association of 54 member states, boasting a total population of 2.4 billion citizens (which equates to nearly a third of the world’s overall population). The Commonwealth Day Service has been held at Westminster Abbey since 1972 and is Britain’s largest annual inter-faith gathering, celebrating the people and cultures of all Commonwealth nations.
Seeing as we’re big fans of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Queen and co., we’re looking forward to watching both!
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