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Queen Elizabeth Calls For Commonwealth Unity Earlier than Harry And Meghan Interview

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth celebrated on Sunday the sense of Commonwealth unity fostered by “a time like no different,” simply hours earlier than a U.S. interview together with her grandson Prince Harry and his spouse Meghan that would deepen divisions within the royal household.

In a speech to mark Commonwealth Day, devoted to the nations primarily from the previous British empire that preserve hyperlinks with Britain, the Queen welcomed the “deeper appreciation of the mutual assist and religious sustenance we get pleasure from being related to others” in the course of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We now have all continued to understand the assist, breadth of experiences and data that working collectively brings, and I hope we will preserve this renewed sense of closeness and neighborhood,” she mentioned in a televised message.

For nearly 50 years, the royal household has attended an annual Commonwealth Day service at London’s Westminster Abbey in March, but it surely has been cancelled this yr due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prince Charles, joined by different royals together with his elder son and inheritor, Prince William, additionally broadcast a tribute to the braveness proven by individuals all through the Commonwealth in response to the pandemic.

The messages air hours earlier than CBS broadcasts the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s extremely anticipated tell-all, their first in-depth interview since they moved to the USA.

Oprah Winfrey’s scoop will see Harry and Meghan clarify why they deserted Britain to begin new lives in California.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; Enhancing by Catherine Evans