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Queen Elizabeth makes an appearance after the Harry-Meghan interview

Days after the explosive interview of Oprah Winfrey with Harry and Meghan Markle, Queen Elizabeth finally appeared on screen via a video conference by the Royal Family. In a video call with scientists and school children to mark British Science Week, the queen did not refer to the interview at all, the royals' usual approach to what they have said was a private, family matter. 

After releasing a response to the couple's racism allegations, the Royal Family shared videos of Queen Elizabeth's first appearance since the interview. During the Oprah Winfrey interview, Meghan said a member of the royal family had made a racist comment and Harry criticized his relatives for how they dealt with press treatment of his wife, with the fallout dominating the British media since it aired last Sunday.

The Queen did not touch upon the allegations made by Meghan as the Palace already said that "the recollections will be addressed by the family privately." During the video session, she discussed the latest updates from NASA's Mars Perseverance mission, the discovery of a rare meteorite that landed in Gloucestershire. "I'm glad it didn't hit anyone," the queen quipped.

British Science Week celebrates the role played in society by science, technology, engineering, and maths, and aims to inspire a new generation of British scientists. During the interaction, a member from the science team showed pictures of Mars taken by the Perseverance rover to the British monarch. To this, Queen Elizabeth reacted, ”It’s unbelievable really to think one can see the surface!”

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