The gap between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the rest of the royal family is “difficult for everyone,” said the Earl of Wessex.
Regarding the 100th birthday of his father, the Duke of Edinburgh, Edward said that all high-ranking royals have faced “excessive” media breakdown over the years, adding, “We’ve all dealt with it in slightly different ways.”
When asked by the American news broadcaster CNN about the “undeniably existing family gap”, the Earl replied with a laugh: “Are you euphemistically referring to Harry and Meghan?”
He described the situation in which the couple resigned as high-ranking royals as “very sad” and added, “We have all been there before.”
“It’s very sad, oddly enough, we’ve all been there before – we’ve all had excessive intrusion and attention in our lives,” he said.
“We all handled it a little differently and wish them the best of luck.
“It’s a really tough decision.”
Edward continued, “(It’s) fantastic news about the baby, that’s great. I hope you will be very happy and it’s just … families are families, aren’t they? “
When asked how his mother, the Queen, coped with the separation and loss of her husband, the Earl said, “It’s difficult for everyone, but like I said, families are for you.”
In a separate interview with the BBC, Edward was asked how he was coping with the royal rift.
He replied: “I stay out of it. It is by far the safest place. “
When asked whether he was “somehow sad” how the situation had developed, he replied: “Of course. There are all sorts of problems and circumstances there, but we’ve all been through it.
“We’ve all lit our lives with the same spotlight, we’ve all been exposed to massive encroachments and everything else, and we all deal with it in different ways.”
Regarding the birth of the Sussexes baby daughter, he added, “We wish you all good luck, it’s fantastic news and (we) definitely hope you are very happy.”