Prince Edward, the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth and her late husband Prince Philip, broke his silence about the rift within the royal family for the first time, saying that it is “very sad.”
The rift has been ongoing ever since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped down as senior royals last year. Since then, they have given a series of tell-all interviews about the royal family.
“Listen, weirdly we’ve all been there before — we’ve all had excessive intrusion and attention in our lives,” Edward told CNN. “And we’ve all dealt with it in slightly different ways, and listen, we wish them the very best of luck. It’s a really hard decision.”
Edward went on to say that just because they are royal, it does not mean they are immune to normal family issues.
“It’s difficult for everyone but that’s families for you,” he said, adding that he hopes Harry and Meghan are happy.
This comes after royal expert Katie Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight that Harry and Meghan naming their daughter Lilibet after the Queen was meant to be an “olive branch” to the royal family. Lilibet is a nickname the Queen has had since she was a child, as she could not pronounce her name “Elizabeth” when she was a child, and instead said “Lilibet.”
“This family division has really gone on for a long time now, well over a year,” Nicholl said. “It has been many, many months since Charles and the Queen and the Cambridges have seen Archie in the flesh, we know that there has been some really quite deep problems between Harry and William, difficulties between Harry and his father and I think that it is everyone’s hope that this little baby will be a peace offering in many ways and that she will hope to bring this divided family back together.”
This may have ended up easing some tensions within the royal family, as Harry’s father Prince Charles gushed over his new granddaughter on Tuesday while visiting the BMW MINI factory in Oxford, England.
“The development of technology like electric vehicles is vital for maintaining the health of our world for future generations, something I am only too aware of today, having recently become a grandfather for the fifth time,” he told royal reporters. “Such happy news really does remind one of the necessity of continued innovation in this area — especially around sustainable battery technology — in view of the legacy we bequeath to our grandchildren.”