The Queen and Kate Middleton are getting their own back at rebel Royals Harry and Meghan.
They are planning a special TV show to air on the same day as Meghan’s controversial Oprah appearance. It will mark Commonwealth Day.
The Commonwealth Day service usually takes place in March, but the Covid-19 pandemic put a spanner in the works.
Instead, the Queen has found a different medium to share her annual message. She will deliver it in a special programme, A Celebration For Commonwealth Day.
In a sensational move by TV producers, the show will air on BBC One on March 7. Yup, you guessed it – that’s the same day that Meghan and Harry’s bombshell Oprah interview will air.
Other royals speaking in the programme are Prince Charles, Camilla, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Sophie Wessex.
The official Westminster Abbey Twitter account confirmed the news of the Commonwealth Day TV show.
They wrote: “We’re really pleased to tell you that BBC One will broadcast A Celebration for Commonwealth Day on 7 March.”
They continued:”Presented from the Abbey by Anita Rani, the programme will feature music and readings from across the Commonwealth”.
It will also include “reflections from The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Countess of Wessex.”
We’re really pleased to tell you that @BBCOne 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. pic.twitter.com/FAjfp9EdVH
— Westminster Abbey (@wabbey) February 22, 2021
Meghan’s Oprah interview will air at 8pm Eastern Time in the United States – which is 1am in the UK.
The interview will air in two parts. In the first part, Meghan will speak about everything from “stepping into life as a royal, marriage, motherhood, philanthropic work to how she is handling life under intense public pressure”.
The next episode will see Harry join her. The couple are set to speak about their move last year and their future “hopes and dreams for their expanding family”.
Reports say Harry and Meghan’s announcement of the “tell-all” interview with Oprah “blindsided” the Queen.
The Royal family were told to “hide behind the sofa” when the interview airs, as it is set to detail Meghan’s split from the Royals.
It comes after Buckingham Palace stripped both Harry and Meghan of their royal patronages.
However, they hit back at the palace. The pair insisted they would still live “a life of service” away from the Royal family, adding: “Service is universal.”
Meanwhile, the BBC service will be a celebration of “global connections”, says the Abbey.
The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle will lead prayers. He said: “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.
“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.”
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