It will be a television war on March 7 since Queen Elizabeth II is set to address the nation on Commonwealth Day, while Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will sit down with Oprah Winfrey for a 90-minute chat about their lives.
However, some people are confused as to why the couple wasn't aware of the holiday. “If Harry and #Meghan cared about the Commonwealth, why did they agree to this date for their big #Oprah interview?” the Daily Mail’s editor Richard Eden questioned on Twitter. “Seems like a calculated snub to me. #royal.”
Of course, other social media users agreed with Eden. One person wrote, “Very disrespectful to show the interview commonwealth weekend. I wouldn't be surprised if it was on purpose considering the way she tries to upstage other RF members,” while another echoed, “No, it's not important to M but it has been part of Harry's life since he was a child. He has always gone to the Commonwealth Service with rest of the RF and during the week leading up to it, met heads of state. He knows how important this is to the Queen.”
A third user added, “Those two don’t care about anything/anyone else but themselves ... it was a calculated move that will definitely backfire. I know where my focus will be.”
On the other hand, some users defended Meghan and Harry. “It wasn’t their choice it’s on the 7th. CBS schedules programming not the people who do the interview. Sunday night Is the most watched night for TV in the US. Interview is on after 60 Minutes, which gets the highest ratings on Sunday nights, a good lead in to the interview,” one person wrote.
A second person said, “They don't get a say in programming. That is CBS' decision. Your question is asinine.”
According to a Westminster Abbey spokesperson, “the decision was taken jointly by the Abbey, the BBC and the royal household about three weeks ago.”
Meanwhile, Winfrey “will speak with Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, in a wide-ranging interview, covering everything from stepping into life as a Royal, marriage, motherhood, philanthropic work to how she is handling life under intense public pressure,” CBS said in a statement.