Royal cross! Unlike tens of millions of viewers around the globe, Queen Elizabeth II received’t be watching Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s tell-all interview on Sunday, March 7, Us Weekly can affirm.
The two-hour particular airs within the U.S. at 8 p.m. ET, which is 1 a.m. on Monday in London. The British royal, 94, might be suggested of the highlights afterward Monday, an insider mentioned.
“There is no way the queen will watch the interview tonight. She has a briefing early Monday morning,” the supply informed Us, noting that Queen Elizabeth II “will be focusing on the ongoings in her own country.”
Hours earlier than Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, sat down with CBS primetime to share beforehand unheard particulars about their marriage, their rising household and life earlier than and after they stepped down from their senior royal duties in 2020, the queen delivered a speech in honor of Commonwealth Day.
In it, she praised folks throughout the nation for coming collectively amid the coronavirus pandemic and known as for continued unity.
“Over the coming week, as we celebrate the friendship, spirit of unity and achievements of the Commonwealth, we have an opportunity to reflect on a time like no other,” she mentioned in her pre-recorded speech. “Whilst experiences of the last year have been different across the Commonwealth, stirring examples of courage, commitment and selfless dedication have been demonstrated in every Commonwealth nation and territory, notably by those working on the frontline who have been delivering healthcare and other public services.”
The queen famous the various challenges the Commonwealth has confronted since final year, however mentioned that it’s been encouraging to witness folks supporting each other amid the disaster.
“We have also taken encouragement from remarkable advances in developing new vaccines and treatments,” she informed viewers. “The testing times experienced by so many have led to a deeper appreciation of the mutual support and spiritual sustenance we enjoy being connected to others. The need to maintain greater physical distance, or to live and work largely in isolation, has, for many people across the Commonwealth, been an unusual experience.”
The monarch was joined by Prince Charles, his spouse Duchess Camilla, Prince William, Duchess Kate and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex. Harry and Meghan weren’t included within the telecast, which final year marked their last engagement as senior members of the royal household. The queen’s husband, Prince Philip, stays hospitalized after present process surgical procedure on his coronary heart earlier this week.
Although the tell-all interview threatens to additional pressure Meghan and Harry’s relationship along with his household, royal correspondent Omid Scobie informed Entertainment Tonight on Friday, March 5, the Royal Air Force veteran and Suits alum stay shut with Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh.
“It’s a tough one for Harry and Meghan,” Scobie defined. “They planned this interview before Prince Philip was admitted to the hospital, and, unfortunately, here we are facing the third weekend of him still in the care of the hospital here in London. But for Harry and Meghan, they have kept a great relationship with Philip and the queen.”
The Finding Freedom coauthor remained hopeful that Harry and Meghan will paint the royals in a optimistic gentle throughout their interview on Sunday. “We heard Harry talking very warmly about his grandfather on James Corden‘s show not so long ago, and I think we’ll hear more of that [during their CBS primetime tell-all].”
Scobie added, “This idea that people have that they may be throwing the queen under the bus on national television … is far from the truth.”
Previews for the sit-down teased some matters, together with Meghan’s perception that the royals performed a task in spreading false tales about her and her husband. “I don’t know how they could expect that after all of this time we would still just be silent if there is an active role that The Firm is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us,” she mentioned within the clip, launched on Wednesday, March 3.
One day earlier, The Times printed a report containing allegations that the California native bullied her advisers earlier than stepping down from her duties final year. Her rep denied the claims in a press release to Us, saying, “The Duchess is saddened by this latest attack on her character, particularly as someone who has been the target of bullying herself and is deeply committed to supporting those who have experienced pain and trauma.”