Royal Family ‘wants to be united’ says Gayle King
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The US journalist is to look into the Queen’s “public and private challenges” in the programme ‘The Queen Carries On: A Gayle King Special’. The programme is also set to cover some of the most remarkable milestones reached by the monarch throughout her record-breaking reign.
Looking at the Queen’s life “through the eyes of people who have grown up with her, been honoured by her and reported on her for decades” the programme will also speak about her decades-long relationship with Prince Philip and how she is now carrying on after his death, according to CBS.
Moreover, it will analyse how important the Queen has been as a grandmother for Prince William and Prince Harry after the loss of their mother.
CBS said in a statement: “Queen Elizabeth II's reign is the longest in British history — 69 years (and counting) filled with challenge and controversy, romance and heartbreak.
“She's now 95 and facing one of the most challenging chapters of her reign.”
Gayle King is to lead a special programme focused on the Queen (Image: GETTY)
Gayle King attended Meghan Markle’s baby shower ahead of the birth of Archie (Image: GETTY)
Among the challenges mentioned in the statement, there are the death of Prince Philip and the landmark interview with Oprah Winfrey of Meghan and Harry.
The statement continued: “She just lost her husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, whom she called her ‘strength and stay’.
“Her grandson, Prince Harry, and his wife Meghan Markle moved to California and are no longer working members of the Royal Family.
“They recently made allegations that the Palace did not support Meghan's struggles with her mental health or protect them from a predatory press.”
Ms King will interview an array of guests who have personally met Her Majesty and experts who have reported on her work for years.
The programme will feature guests speaking about the Queen including Barack Obama (Image: GETTY)
Among them, there is former US president Barack Obama, who will tell Ms King during the programme: “She is somebody who has seen the sweep of world history.
“(She) has seen every kind of crisis.”
Mr Obama also expressed his admiration for the Queen in 2016, during his last visit to the UK as president.
During a press conference at Downing Street held on the day after the Queen’s 90th birthday, Mr Obama said: “She is truly one of my favourite people and should we be fortunate enough to reach 90, may we be as vibrant as she is.
The Queen acceded to the throne in February 1952 (Image: GETTY)
“She is an astonishing person and a real jewel to the world and not just to the United Kingdom.”
Other guests of Ms King include Sir Paul McCartney, who was knighted by the Queen in March 1997.
In the CBS special, Sir Paul will speak about his “lifelong connection with the Queen, which began when he was 10 years old and won a school essay contest about her coronation”, according to a statement by the US network.
Sir Paul first met the Queen in 1965, when she hosted the Beatles at Buckingham Palace.
The royals’ family tree (Image: EXPRESS)
He will tell Ms King: “I think the thing about the Queen is that she's royal, so you look up to her, because she's royal, but she's very down to Earth.”
Childhood friend of the monarch and former lady-in-waiting of Princess Margaret, Lady Anne Grenconner, will also speak to Ms King.
The special is to air on CBS on Saturday at 1am BST (Friday at 8pm EST).
Ms King, one of the guests at Meghan’s baby shower in New York in February 2019, anchored a special report from New York on the day of the funeral of Prince Philip, on April 17.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stepped down as senior royals (Image: GETTY)
In March, she spoke during CBS This Morning, which she co-hosts, about Meghan and Harry’s relationship with the Royal Family, lifting the lid on a conversation between the Duke of Sussex and his close relatives across the pond.
Ms King confirmed reports Harry had spoken to Prince Charles and Prince William days after the Sussexes’ interview with Oprah Winfrey aired.
But, she added, when calling Meghan and Harry to hear how they were doing, she was told they deemed the conversations with Charles and William “not productive”.
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