Tensions between Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan Markle, 39, and the rest of the Royal Family have been running high since March when the Sussexes made a string of damaging allegations against the royal household during their interview with Oprah Winfrey. In a new interview to mark what would have been Prince Philip’s 100th birthday, his son Prince Edward, 57, touched on the ongoing family drama and said: “It’s difficult for everyone, but that’s families for you.”
While the Royal Family usually sticks to a policy of “never complain, never explain”, Edward’s candid departure from this mantra lays bare the royal rift.
Reacting to Edward’s interview, royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk: “Prince Edward, speaking on what would have been Prince Philip’s 100th birthday and paying tribute to his grandfather, was asked about the difficult year for the monarchy and the rift between the Sussexes and the royal family when he gave interviews on CNN and the BBC.
“He spoke with candour, saying it was ‘very sad’ and noted that there were ‘all sorts of issues and circumstances’ and ‘we’ve all been there before’.”
Reflecting on the months since Harry and Meghan quit as royals, Mr Fitzwilliams claimed their recent behaviour had damaged the monarchy.
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Edward added: “And we’ve all dealt with it in slightly different ways, and we wish them the very best of luck. It’s a really hard decision.”
He also congratulated the couple on having welcomed a daughter Baby Lilibet Diana told the world last Friday.
The Earl said: “Fantastic news about the baby – that’s great. I hope they’ll be very happy.”
Addressing the ongoing tensions between the Sussexes and the Royal Household, he added: “It’s just… families are families, aren’t they, really?”