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‘I stay well out of it!’ Prince Edward speaks of ‘sadness’ over royal rift with Sussexes

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Prince Edward was asked how he is coping with the rift between the Royal Family and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Speaking to BBC News, he replied: “I stay well out of it. It’s much the safest place to be.” Questioned whether he felt “any sadness” about how the situation had played out, he responded: “Of course. There are all sorts of issues and circumstances there, but we’ve all been through there.

“We’ve all had that same spotlight shone on our lives, we’ve all been subjected to massive intrusion and all the rest of it, and we all deal with it in different ways.”

And, referring to the birth of the Sussexes’ baby daughter, he added: “We just wish them all happiness, it’s fantastic news, and, absolutely, (we) hope they are very happy.”

In a separate interview with CNN, the Earl of Wessex has said the rift has been “difficult for everyone”.

Speaking on what would have been his father the Duke of Edinburgh’s 100th birthday, Edward said all senior royals had faced “excessive” media intrusion over the years, adding: “We’ve all dealt with it in slightly different ways.”

Asked about the “family rift which is undeniably there”, the Earl laughingly replied: “Are you euphemistically referring to Harry and Meghan?”

He described the situation that saw the couple step back as senior royals as “very sad”, adding: “We’ve all been there before.”

“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.

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“It’s a really hard decision.”

Edward continued: “It’s fantastic news about the baby, that’s great. I hope they will be very happy and it’s just … families are families, aren’t they, really?”

Asked how his mother the Queen is coping with the split on top of losing her husband, the earl said: “It’s difficult for everyone, but, as I said, that’s families for you.”

It comes as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are settling into life as a family of four after the birth of their daughter Lilibet “Lili” Diana.

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Meghan and Harry said it was a “very special time” and described the baby girl as “more than we could have ever imagined”.

Lili, a younger sister for the Sussexes’ two-year-old son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, was born at 11.40am on Friday, June 4 at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California weighing in at 7lb 11oz.

The Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s social media accounts shared their congratulations on the happy news.

Lilibet is the Queen’s family nickname and the choice pays tribute to the monarch at a challenging time for the Windsors, who are mourning the loss of the Duke of Edinburgh.

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