Prince Edward said the British royal family’s “split” with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was “very sad”.
But “families are families,” Queen Elizabeth’s youngest son told CNN’s Max Foster in an interview released Thursday on what would have been the 100th birthday of his father, the late Prince Philip.
Harry and Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, resigned their royal duties and moved to the United States last year. Tensions have grown further with the family following Markle’s explosive allegations to Oprah Winfrey that she was the victim of racism and other mistreatment as a royal.
Edward sympathized with his nephew and step-niece.
“Strangely enough, we’ve all been there before, we’ve all had undue intrusion and attention in our lives,” the prince said. “And we’ve all treated it slightly differently and, listen, we wish them the best of luck. It’s a really tough decision.
The birth of Harry and Meghan’s second child, Lilibet “Lili” Diana, last week was “fantastic news,” Edward said. “I hope they will be very happy. It’s just that families are families, right, really, you know? “
When asked how the Queen was dealing with the rift, Edward replied that it had been “hard for everyone, but families for you.” He added that she has been doing “remarkably well” since Philip’s death in April at the age of 99.
The UK’s gradual reopening amid the easing of coronavirus restrictions was keeping the monarch busy, he said.
“I think there will be other times later in the year where I think it gets a little more poignant and a little more difficult,” he added. “But for now… I think everyone is really in pretty good shape.”
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