Queen speaks of staying in touch with family before Meghan Markle’s Oprah chat

The Daily Star’s FREE newsletter is spectacular! Sign up today for the best stories straight to your inbox

The Queen has stressed the importance of staying in touch with family during "testing times" just hours before Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s bombshell Oprah chat.

Her Majesty also celebrated collaboration during a TV broadcast on Sunday to mark Commonwealth Day, despite the troubles facing the Royal Family.

She praised the "selfless dedication to duty" seen across the Commonwealth, particularly on the front line.

Senior royals including Prince Charles, Prince William and Kate Middleton took part in the special BBC One programme.

It came hours before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s explosive interview with chat show legend Oprah Winfrey, which is due to broadcast in the US on Sunday night.

And it comes as Prince Philip, 99, remains in hospital after receiving treatment for an infection and having had heart surgery.

Buckingham Palace is bracing itself for what Harry and Meghan will say in the controversial two-hour conversation, which is due to broadcast in the US on Sunday night.

In extracts Meghan, 39, has already accused The Firm of "perpetuating falsehoods”.

  • Meghan Markle's Oprah tell-all will 'open Pandora's box' that will be 'hard to close'

The monarch, 94, in her Commonwealth broadcast focused on the global impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

She highlighted the "friendship, spirit of unity and achievements" around the world and the benefits of working together in the fight against Covid-19.

The Queen said: "The testing times experienced by so many have led to a deeper appreciation of the mutual support and spiritual sustenance we enjoy by being connected to others.”

  • Meghan Markle's family worry as 'dad could die at any time' amid Oprah interview

She acknowledged innovative technology "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”.

She said: "Increasingly, we have found ourselves able to enjoy such communication as it offers an immediacy that transcends boundaries or division, helping any sense of distance to disappear.

"We have all continued to appreciate the support, breadth of experiences and knowledge that working together brings."

She praised the "selfless dedication to duty" of medical staff and other key workers.

The monarch said: “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 frontline, who have been delivering health care and other public services in their communities," she said.

Harry and Meghan were accused of being disrespectful to the monarch's own life of duty when their permanent Megxit departure was finalised two weeks ago.

Their camp said, in what was seen as a parting shot: "We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.”

  • Queen
  • Royal Family
  • Meghan Markle

Source: Read Full Article