The Commonwealth Day, which was due to be held on Monday March 8 this year, is one of the highlights of the Queen’s diary. But the event had to be cancelled due to Covid-19. The Queen will, however, appear in a special televised audio message which will be broadcast on BBC One on Sunday March 7  to celebrate the Commonwealth. But the fracturing of the royal family is clearly marked as the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and Kate Middleton are to appear in the televised broadcast, while hours later Harry and Meghan will appear on TV in the US for an intimate interview with Oprah Winfrey about their experience of leaving the royal fold.

This means that the Queen’s video will be seen by millions ahead of the Oprah’s 90-minute programme on CBS. The news was swiftly followed by the announcement that Harry and Meghan had told the Queen they would not be returning to the UK as working royals. CBS confirmed that Oprah’s interview will focus on Meghan and will later be joined by Harry to talk about their move to the US and their future plans.