Harry and Meghan Oprah interview – live: Queen speaks of ‘selfless dedication to duty’ hours before TV special

The Queen has spoken of “selfless dedication to duty” in her Commonwealth message, just hours before Harry and Meghan’s tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey is broadcast in the US.

Senior royals including the Prince of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appeared together on the BBC One show to mark Commonwealth Day.

The Queen’s words echoed phrasing used by both Buckingham Palace and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in a tense exchange of public statements last month.

On Sunday, an in-depth interview between Oprah Winfrey and Harry and Meghan will air for the first time, giving viewers a look inside the lives of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex since stepping down from their roles as senior members of the royal family.

The two-hour interview is expected to explore the rift between the couple and the royals.

For everything from how to watch the interview, to what Harry and Meghan have told Winfrey so far, follow along with our liveblog below.

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This is by no means the first time that figures connected to the royals have given a bombshell interview.

In fact, it’s not even the first time that someone close to the royals has been interviewed by Oprah Winfrey.

Sarah Ferguson, former wife of Prince Andrew, has been interviewed by Winfrey several times. One interview in 2010 covered a cash for access scandal which saw Ferguson entrapped by The News of The World.

Read more about the biggest royal interviews of the past below.

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In one trailer for tonight’s interview, Harry said his biggest fear was “history repeating itself”, which appeared to be a reference to the death of his mother, Princess Diana.

Diana was closely scrutinised by the media and was being pursued by paparazzi when she died in a car crash in 1997.

Meghan has experienced intense media scrutiny since she started dating Harry. You can read more about times she has been at odds with the press below.

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Hours before the broadcast of Harry and Meghan’s interview, royals including the Queen and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took part in a special BBC programme to mark Commonwealth Day.

In the programme, Kate and William spoke to Dr Zolelwa Sifumba, from South Africa, who is a campaigner for the rights of healthcare workers on the front line.

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Meghan reportedly only has positive words to say about the Duchess of Cambridge in her and Harry’s interview.

A CBS insider told the New York Post on Saturday that, despite reports of a strained relationship between Kate and Meghan, Meghan and Harry only had “kind words” to say about Kate in the interview, claiming that the Sussexes will not reveal any alleged rift between the two couples.

This may come as a relief to the palace, who were reportedly concerned about the possibility of “vast” damage to the monarchy if Meghan spoke out about tensions between her and Kate.

Read more below.

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After trailers of the interview were released last month, viewers assumed that Harry and Meghan had filmed the interview at Winfrey’s house, as she does not live far from the couple.

Others speculated that the picturesque surroundings meant that the conversation was actually filmed at Harry and Meghan’s $10m (£7.2m) mansion in Santa Barbara, California.

However, the Daily Mirror confirmed that the interview was actually filmed at the sprawling California mansion of CBS journalist and Winfrey’s close friend, Gayle King.

Read more below.

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The Queen has spoken of “selfless dedication to duty” in her Commonwealth message, just hours before Harry and Meghan’s tell-all interview is broadcast in the US.

Senior royals including the Prince of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appeared together on the BBC One show to mark Commonwealth Day.

The Queen’s words echoed phrasing used by both Buckingham Palace and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in a tense exchange of public statements last month.

The palace said: “Following conversations with The Duke, The Queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of The Royal Family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service.”

“As evidenced by their work over the past year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex remain committed to their duty and service to the U.K. and around the world, and have offered their continued support to the organizations they have represented regardless of official role,” a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said in response.

Read more about the Queen’s Commonwealth broadcast below.

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Fans have seen multiple clips from the upcoming interview, in which Meghan is seen wearing a black belted silk dress from Armani that retails for $4,700 (£3,300).

The dress features an embroidered lotus flower design, something some viewers believe has a hidden meaning.

The lotus flower is a revered symbol in Hinduism and Hindu iconography, and is known for representing spiritual enlightenment, growth and rebirth.

Read more about Meghan’s interview outfit below.

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At 5pm, a special royal broadcast will air on BBC One to mark Commonwealth Day, featuring an address from the Queen.

The royal family will attempt to present a united front just hours before Harry and Meghan’s interview airs in the US.

The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge, along with the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge, will appear in the programme, paying tribute to the world’s frontline healthcare workers. The broadcast will present the Royal family as a unified entity, although the timing of the message is probably a coincidence, say observers.

Read more about the programme below.

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Princess Diana’s former aide Patrick Jephson has drawn comparisons between the Princess of Wales and Meghan and Harry, ahead of the couple’s tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Speaking about the upcoming programme, Jephson said that he saw echoes of Diana in Harry and Meghan’s situation.

“Thirty years ago we were in a comparable situation where rifts were opening up within the royal family and it was starting to escalate,” Jephson said in an interview with CNN.

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The Prime Minister has said that he is “interested” in Harry and Meghan’s interview but that he won’t be watching tonight.

Boris Johnson was quizzed about whether he cared about the upcoming tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey during a visit to a vaccination centre in Brent this morning

Read more below.

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