Queen makes first public appearance since explosive Harry and Meghan interview

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The Queen has appeared in public for the first time since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The monarch attended the centenary celebration of the Royal Australian Air Force at the Commenwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Air Forces Memorial, Runnymede, Surrey.

She attended a service to mark the anniversary and her equerry Major Tom Wright laid a wreath on her behalf.

The Queen, 94, who has been in lockdown in Windsor Castle but has been carrying out engagements remotely, did some filming and an audio recording for Commonwealth Day earlier this month.

She has been seen on a video call since Harry and Meghan's tell-all interview which featured a number of explosive allegations against the Royal family.

In the chat with Oprah, the couple told the chat show host a member of the family raised concerns about the potential skin tone of baby Archie while Meghan also claimed sister-in-law Kate Middleton made her cry in a row over bridesmaid dresses.

Addressing the claims and allegations, Buckingham Palace released a statement soon after the interview aired.

It read: "The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.

"The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. Whilst some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.

"Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members."

Wednesday also marks the official one year anniversary of Megxit when Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, officially stepped down from royal duties.

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It has been a difficult time for the Queen with Prince Philip, 99, also experiencing a spell in hospital.

He is recovering at home after undergoing heart surgery.

The CWGC Air Forces Memorial at Runnymede was opened by the Queen in October 1953 when she had only been monarch for less than two years.

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It was the monarch's first public engagement where she interacted with people outside of a royal residence since October, when she joined Prince William for the visit to Porton Down, to meet scientists at the Defence Science Laboratory.

The CWGC commemorates the 1.7 million Commonwealth servicemen and women who died during the two World Wars.

More than 1,300 of those honoured at Runnymede served with the Royal Australian Air Force.

The Duke of Cambridge will also mark the centenary with a video message being released later on Wednesday

The Queen was last seen outside her Berkshire home in November when she wore a face mask in public for the first time during a poignant visit to the grave of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey to mark the centenary of his burial.

A number of high-profile events have been staged in the grounds of Windsor Castle including a ceremony last summer where the Queen knighted veteran NHS fundraiser Captain Sir Tom Moore.

  • Meghan Markle
  • Prince Harry
  • Queen
  • Royal Family
  • Oprah Winfrey

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