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Queen calls for unity hours before Meghan and Harry's Oprah interview airs

 The Queen will share a message for unity in her annual Commonwealth Day address (Image: POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

The Queen will call the unity and discuss the importance of "coming together" in a Commonwealth address ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's tell-all interview.

Hours before the couple's CBS show with Oprah Winfrey airs in the US, senior members of the Royal Family will join forces for the Commonwealth Day Service.

With lockdown putting a stop to the usual celebration, the Queen will instead share a specially recorded message on the TV programme - A Celebration For Commonwealth Day.

Last year's event at Westminster Abbey marked Harry and Meghan's final engagement as senior members of the Royal Family.

This year, the Queen will be supported by Prince Charles, Camilla, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Sophie Wessex.

In her annual Commonwealth message, the monarch will pay tribute to how communities across the "family of nations" have come together during the pandemic.

The Queen's message of unity will air on BBC One on Sunday 7 March at 5pm ahead of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's CBS interview, which will be shown in the US at 1am UK time on Monday and then at 9pm on ITV.

Harry and Meghan were both previously Commonwealth ambassadors and were forced to give up their roles after stepping away from royal duties last year.

 Hours after the service, Harry and Meghan's interview with Oprah will air in the US

A series of preview clips released before the Oprah broadcast have seen Meghan criticise the constraints she faced when a working royal.

Harry has also been seen discussing how his biggest concern of "history repeating itself".

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The couple now live in California with son Archie and are expecting a second child later this year.

Oprah first approached the Duchess for an in-depth chat a few months before her May 2018 wedding but was turned down and told "perhaps there will be another time".

Asked what was "right" about this moment to talk, Meghan paused for a few moments and replied in the clip aired on CBS This Morning: "Well, so many things. That we're on the other side of a lot of...a lot of life experience that's happened.

"Also that we have the ability to make our own choices in a way that I couldn't have said yes to you then. That wasn't my choice to make.

"As an adult who lived a really independent life to then go into this construct that is...different than I think what people imagine it to be, it's really liberating to be able to have the right and the privilege in some ways to be able to say yes."

Buckingham Palace and the Queen “do not have an advance copy” of the interview and royal aides admitted that “everyone will watch it at the same time”.

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