- Prince Edward was asked about Prince Harry and Megan during an interview with CNN.
- Asked if it was difficult for the queen, he said it was “difficult for everyone”.
- Harry and Markle were recently criticized for the name of their newborn daughter Lilibet.
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The Queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward, speaks of the “very sad” rift between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the royal family.
Edward, 57, was asked about the Sussex in an interview with CNN that would mark Prince Philip’s 100th birthday on Thursday.
Asked about the separation between the Sussex and the rest of the family, Edward said: “It̵
“We wish them the best of luck, it’s a really difficult decision. Fantastic news for the baby, it’s great, I hope they will be very happy. Families are families, right?” he added.
Asked if the rift was difficult for the queen, Edward said, “It’s hard for everyone. But these are the families for you.”
Prince Harry and Megan Markle recently defended their decision to baptize their newborn daughter Lillibet after the Queen, after a source from the palace, told the BBC that they had not received the monarch’s blessing for it.
“The duke spoke to his family before the announcement, in fact his grandmother was the first family member to call,” a spokesman for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex told Insider on Wednesday.
“During this conversation, he shared their hope to name their daughter Lilibet in her honor,” the spokesman continued. “If she hadn’t been supportive, they wouldn’t have used the name.”
This comes after months of speculation about the couple’s relationship with the family. Harry came face to face with his father, Prince Charles, and his brother, Prince William, at Prince Philip’s funeral on April 17, their first reunion since the Oprah interview in March.
Harry told Oprah that he believed his father and brother were “trapped” in the institution. He also said Charles had stopped calling before resigning from royal duties last year.
Representatives of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.