The "rift" between the British royal family
and Prince Harry
and Meghan Markle
is "very sad," according to Prince Edward
However, “families are families,” Queen Elizabeth
’s youngest son told CNN
’s Max Foster in an interview
published Thursday on what would have been his father, the late Prince Philip
’s, 100th birthday.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex
, Harry and Meghan Markle, stepped down from royal duties and relocated to the United States
last year, fueling further tensions within the family after Markle revealed to Oprah Winfrey
that she was subjected to racism
and other mistreatment as a royal.
Edward felt sorry for his nephew and niece-in-law's situation.
“Weirdly, we’ve all been there before, we’ve all had excessive intrusion and attention in our lives,” the prince explained, “and we’ve all dealt with it in slightly different ways and, listen, we wish them the best of luck; it’s a really difficult decision.”
“I hope they will be very happy,” Edward said of Harry and Meghan’s second child
“Lili” Diana, who was born last week. “It’s just, families are families, aren’t they, really, you know?”
When asked how the queen was dealing with the schism, Edward said it had been “difficult for everyone, but that’s family for you.” He added that she has been doing “remarkably well” since Philip died in April
at the age of 99.
The monarch was kept busy by the gradual reopening of the United Kingdom
restrictions eased, he said.
“I think there will be other times later in the year when it will become a little more poignant and a little harder,” he added, “but at the moment... I think everybody is in pretty good shape really.”
Here are Edward's remarks: