Queen Elizabeth on TV Special Hours Before Harry and Meghan's Special

A case of “if you can’t ‘beat ‘em, join ‘em?” Maybe. While everyone’s waiting for the Harry and Meghan tell-all with Oprah next month, Buckingham Palace has a little dish they’re serving: their OWN special! Yup. Queen Elizabeth and the rest of the ‘working royal family’ will be participating in a televised special that will air hours before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The annual Commonwealth Day service is coming up on March 7th. But this year, folks from all over the world won’t have to travel to Westminster Abbey in London to celebrate, the BBC is broadcasting it as a TV special instead due to COVID. The Queen will give a pre-recorded address from Windsor Castle, and Prince Charles, Prince William, and Kate Middleton will make appearances. Just a few hours later, Meghan and Harry’s 90-minute “intimate conversation” with Oprah is set to air on CBS. The timing is made only more awkward after Meghan and Harry’s controversial response to the Queen’s final decision on their Royal exit.

Harry and Meghan had a pointed response to the Queen’s decision. After Buckingham Palace released a statement that it is “not possible” for Harry and Meghan to step away from the Royals AND continue their “life of public service,” the couple hit back with this statement: “We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.” That’s apparently brought some more tension between Harry and his brother Prince William, who is apparently very upset about the couple’s pushback, which he thinks is “insulting and disrespectful.

I hate that the family isn't getting along, especially with the Queen being close to 100 years old. But it's also nice to know that every single family, even the Royals, have their own form of dysfunction.