Feb 23, 2021
RoyalistMeghan Markle and Prince Harry Go Head to Head With the Queen in TV Ratings Battle
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Hopes that peace might break out between the Californian and British branches of the royal family following the confirmation that Harry and Meghan are no longer a part of it, and never will be again, are looking premature, after the competition for global attention moved to a new theatre: competing TV schedules.
It has emerged that the queen and the entire family of working royals will be participating in a BBC special broadcast a week on Sunday, just hours before Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah screens on CBS.
Both sides are likely to say that neither has scheduled their appearance to try and overshadow the other, however Sunday March 7 looks set to be a prime example of the destructive lack of co-ordination and communication that bedevilled relations between the palace and the Sussexes, and will inevitably lead to Monarchy versions 1.0 and 2.0 being played off against and compared to each other in ensuing media coverage.
The queen and her family will gather on Sunday afternoon for a broadcast from London’s fabled Westminster Abbey, to be called “A Celebration For Commonwealth Day.”
The show will be anchored by a live broadcast from the Abbey, but the solemnity will be leavened with video packages of the royals in conversation with young people from across the 54 nations of the Commonwealth. Camilla will reportedly talk about literacy, William and Kate will discuss social care and Sophie will explore the role of women. There will also be a message from the queen herself.
If that doesn’t get your heart racing —well, that’s good. It is not meant to.
The same cannot be said of another TV event taking place a few hours later, when Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah will screen. The U.K. royals, just unwinding after their busy day, have been advised to “hide behind the sofa” lest Meghan uses the interview to unload on the royals.
While the content of Oprah’s interview remains a closely guarded secret, a hint as to the likely more Californian tone of proceedings can perhaps be divined from a brief video clip the couple released yesterday to promote their new Archewell Audio Spotify podcast.
The palace have let it be known that the BBC event to mark Commonwealth Day has been in the pipeline for many months and is not simply a knee jerk reaction to Harry and Meghan’s Oprah appearance. Harry and Meghan’s people have not commented, however it is believed that the Oprah show was simply timed to mark exactly one year since Harry and Meghan final duty as working royals—last year’s Commonwealth Day service.
Introducing another variable into the situation is the health of Prince Philip, the 99-year-old husband of the queen who remained in hospital Tuesday for an eighth day. Prince William sought to allay concerns about his grandfather’s health yesterday, telling a well wisher at a public engagement who asked directly about him, “Yes, he’s OK. They’re keeping an eye on him.”
Prince Philip was admitted last Tuesday evening as a precautionary measure after a doctor was called to Windsor Castle, where he has been shielding with the queen, 94. He had complained of feeling unwell, but travelled to the hospital by car and walked in unaided.READ THIS LIST
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Meghan Markle opts for sustainable £862 pink sapphire ring for her Spotify appearance made using recycled gold and ethically-sourced diamonds from a Canadian brand
The Duchess of Sussex, 39, appeared alongside the Duke, 36, in a 20-second video to plug their Archewell Audio podcast at a Spotify live stream event broadcast earlier this week.
Meghan, known for her love of eco-friendly style, donned a dazzling £862 ring created using recycled gold and ethically-sourced diamonds from Canadian brand Ecksand.
This isn't the first time Meghan has worn the stunning piece, with the former actress, who spent years filming the hit US legal drama Suits in Toronto, sporting the ring at the 2019 Endeavour Awards, while pregnant with son Archie, who will turn two in May.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who now live in California, were stripped of their royal and sporting patronages by the Queen last week, and announced they are expecting their second child on Valentine's Day.
Meghan Markle (pictured with Prince Harry) opted for a Canadian-made sustainable pink sapphire ring for her first appearance since quitting the royal family, eagled-eyed fans have spotted
The Duchess of Sussex, 39, appeared alongside the Duke, 36, in a 20-second video to plug their Archewell Audio podcast at a Spotify live stream event broadcast earlier this week. Pictured, the duchess' ring
Eagle-eyed royal fans spotted the glittering ring and were quick to praise the duchess for her selection online.
'Not only are we excited for the Archewell Audio podcast, we are incredibly honoured that Meghan chose to re-wear one of our sustainable jewels during her first public appearance since announcing her pregnancy,' the Ecksand's co-founder Erica Bianchini told People.
'Our commitment to sustainable practices is something Meghan connects with. That's a cause that Harry and Meghan hold close to their hearts,' she added.RELATED ARTICLES
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The ring's description online reads: 'Step into the spotlight. This Ecksand Mosaic ring is a bold statement that will elevate any look, day or night.
'This cocktail ring features a vibrant pink sapphire. The natural diamond pavé on the band adds subtle sparkle.
'This pink sapphire ring is cast in classic yellow gold for lifetime wear. The subtle prong setting leaves the focus on the dazzling ethical gemstone.'
This isn't the first time Meghan has worn the stunning piece (pictured), with the former actress, who spent years filming the hit US legal drama Suits in Toronto, sporting the ring at the 2019 Endeavour Awards, while pregnant with son Archie, who will turn two in May
For her appearance, Meghan also stunned in a £2,600 soft blue Oscar de la Renta gown embroidered with lemons.
In the clip, which was filmed at their $14 million Santa Barbara home, the expectant mother looked glamorous in a 60s-inspired cocktail dress, with a dramatic flounced hem and citrus fruit detailing across the bodice and skirt.
The Duchess is known for her love of designer brands, and her first maternity wardrobe is believed to have cost over half a million pounds. It was further boosted by decadent jewellery, which adds financial value to several of her outfits.
Meghan opted to wear her hair into bouncy glamorous Hollywood curls for the appearance.
She swapped her usual low key makeup for a stunning glamorous look, with bold dark eyeshadow, and highlighter. Meanwhile she kept her accessories to a minimal in order to let her dress take centre stage.
The royal (pictured left) rarely wears the same outfits twice, selecting new outfits from favourite designers such as Givenchy and Victoria Beckham on almost every appearance
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The gown is described online as featuring 'a signature lemon motif' which 'adds a Botticelli-inspired quality to this glamorous 60s-inspired shift.'
The royal rarely wears the same outfits twice, selecting new outfits from favourite designers such as Givenchy and Victoria Beckham on almost every appearance.
During her time as a senior royal, the mother-of-one wore a parade of designer outfits from brands such as Dior, Prada and Chanel and an array of expensive accessories.
During the couple's tour of Australia in October 2018, the royal wore an exquisite Oscar de la Renta cocktail dress worth £10,000 to the Australian Geographic Society gala awards.
The expectant mother looked glamorous in a 60s-inspired cocktail dress, with a dramatic flounced hem and citrus fruit detailing across the bodice and skirt
During the couple's tour of Australia in October 2018, the royal wore an exquisite Oscar de la Renta cocktail dress worth £10,000 to the Australian Geographic Society gala awards at the Shanghai-La hotel
And in February 2019, then-pregnant Meghan wore a £1,500 Oscar de la Renta dress decorated with a collection of unique animal and flower prints on it to visit Bristol.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex last year announced they had secured a deal with Spotify, thought to be worth up to £30million. It was commercial deals such as this that put the couple at odds with the impartiality required of those in public service and seemingly led to the permanent split with the Firm.
In the brief appearance, Meghan, gushed that they are 'using podcasting to drive powerful conversations', before Harry chimed in 'that inspire, challenge and educate'.
'We created Archwell audio to make sure we can elevate voices that maybe aren't being heard and hear people's stories,' Meghan, who was wearing a £2,645 Oscar de la Renta dress, continues.View this post on Instagram
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Harry finished: 'And the biggest part of this is trying to create this community of where you can share, that will encourage everybody else to then share their own vulnerabilities in that safe space.' It is unclear when the video was filmed.
Harry and Meghan appeared at the live streamed event alongside celebrities such as Bad Guy hitmaker Billie Eilish and Korean girl group Blackpink.
Meanwhile, podcasters including Jemele Hill, Connie Walker and Misha Euceph also discussed the role that podcasts play in sharing people's stories with a wider audience.
Red carpet appearances from hit musicians including Jorja Smith and Lizzo were also featured in the Spotify event.Read more:
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