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Sussexes’ Oprah interview to air hours after Queen’s Commonwealth speech

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Photo credit: Max Mumby/Indigo - Getty Images

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From Harper’s BAZAAR

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s forthcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey will air just hours after the Queen’s Commonwealth message. Awkward timing aside, it’s clear how much difference a year makes – this time in 2020 marked the last royal public appearance for the Sussexes before they left for America.

Prince Harry and Meghan will sit down with Winfrey for an “intimate” and “wide-ranging” interview about leaving the royal family. The couple are long-standing friends of the talk show host and philanthropist; she was among guests at their wedding in May 2018.

The Queen will share her annual message on 7 March, as the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey was cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic. Her message, which was pre-recorded at Windsor Castle, will be viewed ahead of the hour-and-a-half Oprah special that airs at 8pm EST (around 1am on 8 March).

Last week it was confirmed that Harry and Meghan will not return as working members of the royal family and would be stripped of their titles and patronages, following a discussion with the Queen. The two now live in LA with their son, Archie.

The Sussexes decided to step down from their royal duties in January last year after Meghan was subjected to racist and sexist attacks from the British press. A statement from Buckingham Palace said that Meghan and Harry remain “much-loved members of the royal family”.

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