The Subtle Message for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle the Queen Included in Her Speech

The Queen says it's "painful" to be separated from loved ones right now.

  • During her highly-anticipated address to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth on Sunday evening, Queen Elizabeth covered several topics (opens in new tab) related to the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • In one particularly moving moment in the speech, the Queen drew comparisons between her COVID-19 address and her first address, in 1940 during World War II, before she was the monarch.
  • "Today, once again, many will feel a painful sense of separation from their loved ones, but now as then, we know deep down that it is the right thing to do," she said, in a moment that seemed to refer to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who are self-isolating in their new home in Los Angeles, thousands of miles away from the rest of the royal family (opens in new tab).

The Queen covered a lot (opens in new tab) of ground during the four-and-a-half minutes she spent addressing the Commonwealth about the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Sunday night.

In a speech that was broadcast simultaneously on television, radio, and online via the royal family's social media accounts (opens in new tab), the Queen shared her empathy for the hardships people are facing as a result of the pandemic, thanked healthcare workers for their continued service and hard work, and encouraged citizens of the Commonwealth to continue practicing social distancing and staying home as much as possible.

This was all pretty expected. What wasn't so expected, was the personal turn the speech took around two-and-a-half minutes in, when the Queen drew comparisons (opens in new tab) between the time we're living in now and the circumstances surrounding her first-ever royal address in 1940, during World War II.

"Those self-isolating may at times be hard. Many people of all faiths and of none are discovering that it presents an opportunity to slow down, to pause and reflect in prayer or meditation," she said. "It reminds me of the very first broadcast I made, in 1940, helped by my sister. We, as children, spoke from here at Windsor to children who had been evacuated from their homes and sent away for their own safety."

Then, in an even more personal moment, the Queen seemed to send a subtle message for her grandson, Prince Harry (opens in new tab), and his wife, Meghan Markle (opens in new tab), who are self-isolating in their new home in Los Angeles (opens in new tab), nearly 5,500 miles away from the rest of the royal family.

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"Today, once again, many will feel a painful sense of separation from their loved ones, but now as then, we know deep down that it is the right thing to do," she said, striking an emotional chord. "While we have faced challenges before, this one is different. This time, we join with all nations across the globe in a common endeavor, using the great advances of science and our instinctive compassion to heal. We will succeed and that success will belong to every one of us."

The touching speech left Twitter users in tears (opens in new tab)—and we have a feeling it had the same effect on the Sussex family, too.

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Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.