Queen faces ‘harder’ times ahead – Prince Edward opens up on pain in store
Prince Edward discusses future Duke of Edinburgh title
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The Queen is faring “remarkably well” despite having lost her husband of 73 years only two months ago, Prince Edward said. Her diary, filled with engagements and duties, is surely helping Her Majesty keeping her spirit up, the Earl of Wessex said.
However, he conceded, the death of Prince Philip may become “a bit harder” to cope with as time passes.
Speaking about the long-lasting union between the late Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen, he told CNN’s Max Foster: “I think that it was a fantastic partnership, but over the last couple of weeks, life has got considerably busier.
“Things are beginning to open up more, there are more activities so weirdly that sort of fills any particular void.
“I think there are going to be other times further on where I think that it will become a bit more poignant and a bit harder.
“But at the moment, thank you very much indeed for asking, but I think that everybody’s in pretty good shape really.”
Prince Philip, who would have turned 100 today, died on April 9.
The period of royal mourning lasted for 15 days, during which members of the Royal Family were not expected to work.
However, the dutiful monarch released a statement, the first one not including the name of her husband in decades, to express her support and sympathy to Commonwealth member state St. Vincent and the Grenadines, which experienced a series of volcanic eruptions.
Four days after the death of her beloved husband, she also attended a retirement ceremony for the former Lord Chamberlain Earl Peel, the most senior officer role in the royal household, and welcomed to the post Andrew David Parker.
And 10 days after the funeral, held at St George’s Chapel on April 17, she officially returned to work, meeting via video link two ambassadors.
Ever since, the monarch has been busy with her relentlessly busy diary, which included attending in May the State Opening of Parliament.
During his interview, Prince Edward also touched upon other issues concerning the Royal Family – including its tortuous relationship with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Asked about the rift, he said: “It’s difficult for everyone, but that’s families for you.”
Speaking about the existing divide between the Firm and the Sussexes, he also said: “You know, it’s, it’s sad.
“Weirdly we’ve all been there before – we’ve all had excessive intrusion and attention in our lives.
“And we’ve all dealt with it in slightly different ways, and list, we wish them the very best of luck.”
Prince Edward also discussed the birth of Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana, welcomed by the Sussexes on June 4.
The father-of-two said: “It’s a really hard decision. Fantastic news about the baby – that’s great.
“I hope they’ll be very happy. It’s just… families are families, aren’t they, really?”
Prince Edward, who is set to become the next Duke of Edinburgh after Prince Charles ascends to the throne, also touched upon his father’s personality and work.
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Speaking about Prince Philip’s no-nonsense attitude, Edward said: “He was always, always incredibly self-effacing.
“It wasn’t about him, it was about other people, he just gave them the nudge of encouragement and off they’d go.
“And tragically, it wasn’t until he passed away that everybody went, ‘Wow, that’s what he did?’.
“And of course, it’s too late, he never found out.
“I suspect that if he had made it to his 100th birthday, that a lot of that would have come out, and it would have been lovely for him to have heard it himself, but then again, because he was just so self-effacing, he just wouldn’t have wanted the fuss and the bother.”
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