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Queen Elizabeth calls for unity in remarks before Harry, Meghan interview

Queen Elizabeth on Sunday called for “unity” in an address marking Commonwealth Day, just hours before Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle’s highly anticipated sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey is set to air on CBS.

“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,” the queen said at the start of the address, which the BBC premiered on YouTube.

“Whilst experiences of the last year have been different across the Commonwealth, stirring examples of courage, commitment and selfless dedication to duty have been demonstrated in every Commonwealth nation and territory, notably by those working on the front line who have been delivering health care and other public services in their communities,” she continued. 

According to USA Today, the address was the first time the royal family marked the day, which is celebrated every year, only on television. William and Duchess Kate also appeared during the broadcast, along with and other members of the family such as Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the royal family has adapted to doing more virtual appearances instead of in-person appearances, the outlet also noted. 

“In our everyday lives, we have had to become more accustomed to connecting and communicating via innovative technology, which has been new to some of us, with conversations and communal gatherings, including Commonwealth meetings, conducted online, enabling people to stay in touch with friends, family, colleagues and counterparts who they have not been able to meet in person,” the queen said during the address.

“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,” she said, adding, “We have also taken encouragement from remarkable advances in developing new vaccines and treatments.”

The address comes just hours before an interview between Harry and Meghan with Winfrey is scheduled to premiere on CBS later on Sunday.

In the interview, the couple is expected to discuss their decision to step down as senior members of the family.

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