Prince Edward says Harry and Meghan Markle royal fallout is 'difficult for everyone' but 'that's families for you'
PRINCE Edward says the fallout from Harry and Meghan's split with the Royal Family is "difficult for everyone" on his late father's 100th birthday.
The Queen's youngest son moved to calm tensions in the household by telling interviewers: "That's family for you."
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And he congratulated the couple on the birth of their daughter Lilibet Diana – as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex issue a legal warning against the BBC for a report claiming the Queen wasn't informed of the tot's name first.
Asked by American news network CNN about the "family rift which is undeniably there", he joked: "Are you euphemistically referring to Harry and Meghan?"
"It's very sad. Weirdly we've all been there before – we've all had excessive intrusion and attention in our lives," he said.
"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."
It comes as:
- The Queen was presented with special rose bred to mark what would have been Prince Philip’s 100th birthday
- Meghan and Harry have ‘done nothing but seek publicity’ since leaving UK, a former Palace aide claims
- A royal biographer claims the Duke and Duchess of Sussex ‘can’t keep chats private’ so will find it ‘difficult to repair’ the rifts
- A top lawyer was suspended over ‘racist’ tweet about the couple's daughter
- An expert claimed Harry is 'haunted by grievances' and has ‘badly wounded the people he wants to reconnect with’
Asked how his mother is coping with the split, as well as the loss of her beloved husband, the earl said: "It's difficult for everyone, but, as I said, that's families for you."
And in an interview with BBC Breakfast, he was asked: "Do you feel any sadness about how it's played out?"
"Of course, you know," he replied.
"There are all sorts of issues and circumstances there.
"We've all been there, we've all had that same spotlight shone on our lives.
"We've been subject to massive intrusion and all the rest of it. We all deal with it in different ways."
He said Lilibet's arrival is "fantastic news", but admitted keeping out of the drama.
"I stay way out of it. It's much the safest place to be," he said.
Yesterday, Meghan and Harry insisted they had informed the Queen of their baby daughter's name before her birth as a war of words broke out with the Palace.
The duke hit back at a Palace source who claimed he and the Duchess of Sussex "never asked" Her Majesty about using her childhood nickname, saying she was "supportive" of the choice.
An official spokesman for Meghan and Harry said: "The Duke spoke with his family in advance of the announcement, in fact his grandmother was the first family member he called.
"During that conversation, he shared their hope of naming their daughter Lilibet in her honor.
"Had she not been supportive, they would not have used the name."
Angela Levin said this week that Meghan and Harry's use of the "private" name was "rude" and even "demeaning" towards the Queen.
She told Good Morning Britain: "I don’t think it’s a good idea – I think it’s quite rude to Her Majesty Her Queen.
"It was a very private nickname from her husband who hasn’t been dead for very long.
"Prince Charles would never dream of calling his mother Lilibet."
She added: "It was a special name, I think it’s quite demeaning, I really believe that.”
Buckingham Palace officials were said to be unaware the baby had been born until the announcement came out at 5pm on social media.
And the Palace previously declined to discuss when the Queen was informed of the safe arrival of her newest great-grandchild – or whether she was advised on Lili’s name.
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