Royals to show united front before Harry and Meghan’s Oprah interview

Royals to show united front before Harry and Meghan's Oprah interview
Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince William and Kate attending the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in 2020. Source: AFP/Getty Images
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Daily US Times: Senior members of the royal family are to show a united front on Sunday in an apparent attempt to grab attention before the airing of Prince Harry and Meghan’s tell-all Oprah interview. The British Royals are due to praise the efforts of doctors and nurses.

Just hours before Harry and Meghan’s Oprah interview goes out, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince William and Kate Middleton will appear in a programme celebrating the Commonwealth and paying tribute to the world’s frontline healthcare workers.

The move comes amid an increasingly acrimonious transatlantic public relations war, which saw this week Buckingham Palace announce it was probing a claim that Meghan Markle had bullied royal household staff. Other negative stories have also emerged, including claims that Meghan wore earrings lent to her by the tarnished Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, who is extremely controversial.

In the programme, Prince Charles will commend the “extraordinary determination, courage and creativity” shown by the Commonwealth people – an association of nations from the former British empire – while fighting coronavirus pandemic.

He will also say the Covid-19 outbreak has shown how “human health, economic health and planetary health are fundamentally interconnected”, emphasising that climate change is another “existential threat” which “knows no borders”.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will speak with the health activist and South African doctor Zolelwa Sifumba about the rights of healthcare workers. Kate is to say: “It’s sad, almost, that it’s taken the pandemic for the public to really back and support all those working on the frontline.”

Her comments come as the government of the UK comes under mounting pressure to reconsider a proposed 1% pay rise for NHS staff in England, which one nursing representative described as a “slap in the face”.

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