The Duchess of Cambridge has said it is “sad, almost” how it has taken a pandemic for the public to “really back and support all those working on the front line”.
Kate’s comments are part of a BBC programme featuring the royal family celebrating the Commonwealth which will be screened on Sunday, a few hours before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The growing war of words from Meghan and Harry’s controversial televised chat have overshadowed the special programme marking Commonwealth Day.
In extracts released over the last few days, Meghan has criticised the constraints she faced as a working royal, and said it was “liberating” to be able to “say yes” to a request for an interview with the US chat show host.
She accused The Firm – as the royal family is sometimes known – of “perpetuating falsehoods” about her and Harry.
The wider royal family – including the Queen, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Countess of Wessex – will appear in the BBC show called A Celebration For Commonwealth Day.
In an extract from the programme, Kate and William chat in a video call with Dr Zolelwa Sifumba, from South Africa, an advocate for the rights of healthcare workers on the front line.
The duchess tells the medic: “Here in the UK there’s been masses of public recognition of the amazing work the front line are doing and it’s sad, almost, that it’s taken the pandemic for the public to…