Queen Elizabeth II on Sunday underlined the importance of “selfless dedication and a sense of duty” hours before the broadcast in the United States of a highly anticipated interview-confession given by Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle.
“While the experiences of the past year across the Commonwealth have been diverse, moving examples of courage, determination, selfless dedication and a sense of duty have been seen across the Commonwealth community,” said claim the Queen in this address registered in advance and broadcast by the BBC.
“These trying times for so many people will also have revealed how much, by staying in touch with others, we enjoy their solidarity and spiritual support,” added Elizabeth II.
This message marking the day of the Commonwealth came a few hours before the broadcast of a shock interview with Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle on the American channel CBS in which the Duchess of Sussex accuses Buckingham Palace of “peddling lies On the couple’s decision to move away and settle in California, according to excerpts.
The Queen, her son Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, her grandson Prince William and his wife Kate: All the main official members of the royal family have appeared from Westminster Abbey on the BBC show that airs from 5:00 p.m. GMT to celebrate Commonwealth Day.
Prince Charles, heir to the crown, paid tribute to the “extraordinary determination, courage and creativity” of the peoples of the Commonwealth during the coronavirus crisis, denouncing the “existential threats” of the pandemic and climate change.
Prince William, second in line to the British crown, and his wife Kate praised the “incredible work” of health workers “in the UK and around the world” during the past year. to flow.
The celebration of the Commonwealth – an association of 54 countries inherited from the British Colonial Empire – was in 2020 the last public appearance of Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, as official members of the royal family, before that they do not actually withdraw from it in April.
It is in close ranks that the royal family approached the celebrations this year, faced with the potential crisis that a few hours later would arouse the broadcast of the interview-confession granted by the “Sussexes” on American television, year after their withdrawal from the monarchy.