Sending a clear message? Queen Elizabeth II spoke about coming together — just hours before Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's controversial interview is set to air on CBS.
“Over the coming week, as we celebrate the friendship, spirit of unity and achievements of the Commonwealth, we have an opportunity to reflect on a time like no other,” the 94-year-old began in her speech. “Whilst experiences of the last year have been different across the Commonwealth, stirring examples of courage, commitment and selfless dedication have been demonstrated in every Commonwealth nation and territory, notably by those working on the frontline who have been delivering healthcare and other public services.”
She continued, “We have also taken encouragement from remarkable advances in developing new vaccines and treatments … The testing times experienced by so many have led to a deeper appreciation of the mutual support and spiritual sustenance we enjoy being connected to others. The need to maintain greater physical distance, or to live and work largely in isolation, has, for many people across the Commonwealth, been an unusual experience.”
The monarch concluded her speech by saying people have relied on technology to keep in touch — especially during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“In our everyday lives, we have had to become more accustomed to connecting and communicating via innovative technology — which has been new to some of us — with conversations and communal gatherings, including Commonwealth meetings, conducted online, enabling people to stay in touch with friends, family, colleagues and counterparts, who they have not been able to meet in person," she said.
The Queen was joined by Prince Charles, Duchess Camilla, Prince William, Kate Middleton and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex.
Meanwhile, Meghan and Harry — who are no longer working members of the royal family — will not hold back while speaking with Oprah Winfrey. "I think we're going to hear much more from Meghan in the interview about losing her voice and how she felt she lost her voice when she was a member of the royal family," Katie Nicholl surmised. "Don't forget she was forced to close her Instagram account. Certainly, there was no shortage of people wanting an interview [with her], but out of the palace it was a clear no."