Prince Edward on the queen after Philip's death and Harry and Meghan: 'That's families for you'

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Prince Edward speaks to CNN's Max Foster.
Prince Edward speaks to CNN's Max Foster.
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  • Prince Edward recently sat down with CNN's Max Foster.
  • The queen's youngest child spoke candidly about life after Prince Philip's death, commenting that Her Majesty is "doing remarkably well".
  • The royal also opened up about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's exit from the firm, saying it's been "difficult for everyone" before adding: "But that's families for you."


Prince Edward recently sat down with CNN's Max Foster on what would've been Prince Philip's 100th birthday on Thursday.

The Earl of Wessex spoke candidly about his father's legacy; he also didn't shy away from the ongoing tension between the family and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Prince Edward said the rift with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex is "very sad", and that the situation has been "difficult for everyone" before adding: "But that's families for you."

He alluded to Harry and Meghan's comments on intrusive media scrutiny saying, "Weirdly we've all been there before – we've all had excessive intrusion and attention in our lives. 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."

"Fantastic news about the baby – that's great. I hope they'll be very happy. It's just… families are families, aren't they, really?"
-- Prince Edward wishes Harry and Meghan well and welcomes news of baby Lilibet' Lili' Diana

The queen's youngest child told CNN his mother is "doing remarkably well" following the death of her husband of 73 years and that the family are keeping busy and returning to royal duties. "I think that it was a fantastic partnership, but over the last couple of weeks, life has got considerably busier. Things are beginning to open up more, there are more activities so weirdly that sort of fills any particular void."

He continued: "I think there are going to be other times further on in the year where I think that it will become a bit more poignant and a bit harder. But at the moment, thank you very much indeed for asking, but I think that everybody's in pretty good shape really."

Prince Edward, Max Foster
Prince Edward speaks to CNN's Max Foster.

Prince Edward described his father as "incredibly self-effacing" and said that he probably wouldn't have wanted the hassle of celebrating his 100th birthday. "I don't think he ever really necessarily wanted to reach his [100th birthday] because I think he just thought there would be too much fuss, and that wasn't him, that was just not him at all."

"He was always, always incredibly self-effacing. It wasn't about him, it was about other people, he just gave them the nudge of encouragement and off they'd go. And tragically, it wasn't until he passed away that everybody went, 'Wow, that's what he did?' And of course, it's too late, he never found out. I suspect that if he had made it to his 100th birthday, that a lot of that would have come out, and it would have been lovely for him to have heard it himself, but then again, because he was just so self-effacing, he just wouldn't have wanted the fuss and the bother. And I don't think he ever really necessarily wanted to reach his [100th birthday] because I think he just thought there would be too much fuss, and that wasn't him, that was just not him at all."
-- Prince Edward on his father's legacy

The Earl of Wessex also discussed the queen's upcoming meeting with US president Joe Biden, highlighting the fact that conversations with the monarch manage to stay private even in this day and age.

"People really do respect the fact that this is a genuinely private, off-the-record conversation so they really can talk about things and get to the heart of things in a very genuine fashion, because they know it's not going to come out," he said.

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