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Queen Elizabeth to appear on UK TV hours before Meghan and Harry's Oprah interview

The monarch will make a pre-recorded address for Commonwealth Day

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is set to make a TV appearance for Commonwealth Day, which will air hours before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Oprah Winfrey interview on March 7. Getty Images 
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is set to make a TV appearance for Commonwealth Day, which will air hours before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Oprah Winfrey interview on March 7. Getty Images 

Queen Elizabeth II is scheduled to make a television appearance just hours before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Oprah Winfrey interview is aired on US TV.

The 90-minute "tell-all" special with the couple is set to air on Sunday, March 7, at 8pm EST (Monday, March 8 at 5am GST). A matter of hours before, the monarch will appear on British TV to give her Commonwealth Day address. In 2021, the annual celebration of the Commonwealth of Nations falls on Monday, March 8.

Typically, the Commonwealth Day service is held at Westminster Abbey, however this year measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 mean the church service has been cancelled and replaced with the BBC special.

The show will feature a number of members of the royal family, including Prince Charles, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, along with the queen, who will appear with a message pre-recorded from Windsor Castle.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attend the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 on March 9, 2020 in London, England. Getty Images 
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attend the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 on March 9, 2020 in London, England. Getty Images

Notably, Harry and Meghan's last public appearance as working members of the royal family was at the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in 2020, held on March 9.

Harry and Meghan attend virtual Spotify event

Meanwhile, Harry and Meghan are keeping up with their virtual appearances, and have made their first one since announcing that they are expecting a second child on Valentine's Day.

The couple made a surprise appearance from the comfort of their California home at Spotify's Stream On event on Monday.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle speak during the Spotify Steam On virtual conference. YouTube / Spotify 
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle speak during the Spotify Steam On virtual conference. YouTube / Spotify 

During a segment on podcasting, they spoke around the 38-minute mark during the video conference, played in by Borns' Electric Love.

"We're using podcasting to drive powerful conversations..." Meghan opened by saying, and Harry continued, "...that inspire, challenge and educate."

The pair launched Archewell Audio in 2020 and are creating podcasts exclusively for Spotify.

"We created Archewell Audio to ensure that we can elevate voice that maybe aren't being heard ... and to hear people's stories," Meghan said.

Harry added: "And the biggest part of this is to create this community of where you can share, that will encourage everybody else to then share their own vulnerabilities within that safe space."

For the appearance, Meghan wore a blue lemon-print Oscar de la Renta drop-waisted dress, while Harry kept it simple in a white shirt and dark jeans.

The Spotify Stream On event also included appearances from Brene Brown, Billie Eilish, Blackpink and a performance from Justin Bieber. Watch the full event here:

Updated: February 23, 2021 01:13 PM

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