© Reuters. Prince Charles and Camilla visit Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Charles paid tribute to the courage shown across the Commonwealth in response to the coronavirus in a broadcast set to air on Sunday, hours before Prince Harry and Meghan discuss resigning their royal duties. on American television. The prince was joined by other royals, including his eldest son and heir, Prince William, to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on recorded messages for a program marking Commonwealth Day dedicated to countries, primarily the former British Empire, who maintain ties. with Great Britain. “The coronavirus pandemic has affected every Commonwealth country, cruelly robbing countless people of their lives and livelihoods, disrupting our societies and denying us the human connections we hold so dear,” Charles said in the message. “In the midst of such heartbreaking suffering, however, the extraordinary determination, courage and creativity with which people have responded has been an inspiration to all of us.” The prince’s message will appear on the British television show Sunday hours before an interview with his youngest son, Prince Harry, and Harry’s wife, Meghan, is shown in the United States. Excerpts from Oprah Winfrey’s pre-recorded interview have shown Meghan, 39, saying that she is “ready to talk” about her experience of marrying British royalty in 2018. The queen’s grandson and his wife stunned the royal family in January last year to announce they would abandon their official royal duties to forge a new independent life in California. The split was confirmed last month, and in the past week the couple and Buckingham Palace have engaged in an increasingly bitter war of words, amid accusations of lies, harassment and defamation. It also occurs when the queen’s husband, Prince Philip, 99, is in a hospital in London after undergoing a procedure to treat a heart condition. Commonwealth Day is usually marked with a service held at London’s Westminster Abbey, but it was canceled this year due to the pandemic. It will be replaced by a special program, A Celebration for Commonwealth Day, which will air on BBC One at 5pm on Sunday.