The words chosen by the queen can be seen as a response to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview. This Sunday, March 7, a few hours before the broadcast of this long-awaited interview, on the American channel CBS (at 2 am, French time), Elizabeth II made a speech on Commonwealth Day, in which he praised the importance of “selfless dedication” and a “sense of duty.”
A thinly disguised allusion to the conflict between Buckingham Palace and the Sussex couple. According to excerpts from her interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan Markle accuses the royal family of “sell lies” on the couple’s decision to move and settle in California.
“While the experiences of the past year across the Commonwealth have been diverse, poignant examples of courage, determination, selfless dedication and sense of duty “They have been seen throughout the Commonwealth community,” argued the Queen in this pre-recorded speech broadcast by the BBC. “These difficult times for so many will also have revealed how much, by staying alive, in contact with others, we enjoy their solidarity and spiritual support,” added Elizabeth II.
The royal family in close ranks
The Queen, her son Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, his grandson Prince William and his wife Kate: all major official members of the royal family appeared from Westminster Abbey. Crown Prince Charles, heir to the crown, paid tribute to the “extraordinary determination, courage and creativity” of the people of the Commonwealth during the coronavirus crisis, denouncing the “existential threats” of the pandemic and climate change.
The Commonwealth Celebration – an association of 54 countries inherited from the British colonial empire – had been established in 2020 Prince Harry’s last public appearance, 36, and Meghan, 39, as official members of the royal family, before they retired in April. It is in narrow ranks that the royal family heads to the celebrations this year, given the potential crisis that will arise a few hours later due to the retransmission of the interview-confession granted by the “Sussexes”.