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The Queen and Kate Middleton will join the Royal Family in delivering special messages in a BBC TV show on the same day Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Oprah Winfrey interview is set to be aired.
The special BBC programme will be in place of the annual Commonwealth Day service, which has been forced to be cancelled this year due to the ongoing pandemic.
Kate, 39, and The Queen, 94, will by joined by Prince William, Prince Charles and Camilla as well as Sophie Wessex as they take part in the programme.
Westminster Abbey’s official Twitter account announced the news in a post which read: “We're really pleased to tell you that @BBCOne will broadcast A Celebration for Commonwealth Day on 7 March.
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“The special programme replaces this year's Commonwealth Day service which is unable to go ahead due to the pandemic, and will include a special message from HM The Queen.”
It added: “Presented from the Abbey by Anita Rani, the programme will feature music and readings from across the Commonwealth, and reflections from The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Countess of Wessex.”
BBC programme, A Celebration For Commonwealth Day, is set to air on Sunday 7 March – the same day Oprah Winfrey’s tell-all interview with Meghan, 39, and her husband Prince Harry, 36, will take place.
Meghan and Prince Harry, who recently announced they were expecting their second child together, made their last appearance as senior working members of the royal family at the Commonwealth Day service in Westminster Abbey last year.
A year on, and the pair have moved to the Los Angeles in the US and recently handed back their patronages as they formally stepped down from their senior royal roles on a permanent basis.
Meghan and Harry’s interview is set to air at 8pm Eastern Time in the US, which is 1am in the UK, and will cover Meghan's time in the royal family and explore the couple’s reasons for stepping away.
The interview has already been recorded, but according to reports, the show “needs to be re-edited” following a fresh rift.
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An insider has told how the couple spoke about their roles within the Royal Family, but it will now need to be re-edited after their roles changed “significantly”.
It’s understood that network CBS, which will air the interview in the US, would like to go as far as reshooting parts of the interview to reflect those changes.
A source told the Mirror: “When the Duke and Duchess spoke, it was never envisaged they would have their patronages taken away.
“They didn't see it coming and spoke as they still had roles to play.
“Now, however, other than their titles, they are to have no role in royal life — a point producers know was not discussed when Winfrey spoke to them.”
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