Prince Harry’s rift with Royal Family ‘very sad’, admits uncle Prince Edward
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Prince Edward has admitted he is “very sad” about his nephew Prince Harry’s split with the Royal Family.
Harry and wife Meghan Markle stepped back as senior members of the Royal Family last year and have since candidly opened up about the struggles within the institution, including apparent fallings out with other family members.
Speaking to the BBC, the Earl of Wessex said he has stayed “well out of” any issues regarding the supposed rift as it is the “safest place to be”.
Asked whether he felt “any sadness” about how the situation had played out, he responded: “Of course. There are all sorts of issues and circumstances there, but we’ve all been through there.
“We’ve all had that same spotlight shone on our lives, we’ve all been subjected to massive intrusion and all the rest of it, and we all deal with it in different ways.”
The Sussexes have regularly said the intensity of media interest in their lives within the Royal Family played a significant role in their decision to leave for the US.
Edward was also asked about the birth of the Sussexes’ baby daughter Lilibet and said: “We just wish them all happiness, it’s fantastic news, and, absolutely, (we) hope they are very happy.”
In a separate interview with CNN, Edward was asked about the “family rift which is undeniably there”.
“Are you euphemistically referring to Harry and Meghan?” he replied, before describing the situation as “very sad”.
He called their split from the royal Family “a really hard decision” and, further referencing the rift, said “families are families”.
Edward’s interviews come on what would have been the 100th birthday of his father Prince Philip, who died in April this year.
Asked by CNN how his mother the Queen is coping with the split on top of losing her husband, the earl said: “It’s difficult for everyone, but, as I said, that’s families for you.”
To mark Philip’s birthday, Daily Star has been told the Queen “may have dinner with some of her children” as a way of honoring him.
There may also be a chance for Harry to “call his grandmother to check in on her”.
- Meghan Markle
- Prince Harry
- Prince Philip
- Royal Family
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