On Sunday night, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey is set to air. Hours before, Queen Elizabeth spoke out to give an address in which she discussed the COVID-19 pandemic and how the Commonwealth had come together during it.
“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 healthcare and other public services in their communities,” the Queen said, according to Entertainment Tonight.
“We have also taken encouragement from remarkable advances in developing new vaccines and treatments,” she added. “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.”
The Queen, 94, went on to talk about how “the need to maintain greater physical distance, or to live and work largely in isolation, has, for many people across the Commonwealth, been an unusual experience.”
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“In our everyday lives, we have had to become more accustomed to connecting and communicating via innovative technology – which 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.”
The Queen ended her speech with a call for unity.
“We have all continued to appreciate the support, breadth of experiences and knowledge that working together brings, and I hope that we shall maintain this renewed sense of closeness and community,” she said. “Looking forward, relationships with others across the Commonwealth will remain important as we strive to deliver a common future that is sustainable and more secure, so that the nations and neighborhoods, in which we live wherever they are located, become healthier and happier places for all.”
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This comes hours before “Oprah With Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special” is set to air in the United States. In this interview, Meghan and Harry are expected to reveal all about the British royal family.
This piece was written by Mark Baker on March 7, 2021. It originally appeared in UpliftingToday and is used by permission.
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