Prince Edward today admitted his grief over the months-long truth bombs that Harry and Meghan have dropped in LA, but declined to expand further, adding: ‘I’m staying far out of it. It’s by far the safest place to be.”
The Earl of Wessex also dodged what he thought of the Sussex naming their daughter Lilibet after the Queen in an interview about what would have been the 100th birthday of his father, Prince Philip.
When asked about the baby’s ‘meaningful name’, Edward said, ‘Well, we wish them all luck. That’s fantastic news and absolutely, I hope they are very happy.”
The Queen’s youngest son was asked how the royal family has coped with a ‘difficult few months’, especially Harry and Meghan’s flurry of US interviews in which they repeatedly shot at his British family, including accusing them of racism.
In an interview with CNN, he said, “It’s hard for everyone, but those are families for you.”
Edward was also asked how he saw that ‘very public’ row in a BBC sit-down and replied: ‘It’s very sad’ before adding: ‘I’m staying well out of it. It’s by far the safest place to be.”
Prince Edward has given interviews about what would have been the 100th birthday of his father, Prince Philip, who died this year, admitting the feud with Harry and Meghan is ‘very sad’
The Duke of Wessex says it’s ‘best’ to stay out of line with the Sussexes, who accused the royal family of racism and ignored their plea for help when Meghan said she was suicidal during pregnancy
He added: “We’ve all had the same spotlight on our lives. We are all subject to mass burglaries and everything else. We’ve all dealt with it in different ways.”
When asked if he was sad, he said, “Sure, you know. I mean, it’s… There are all kinds of problems and circumstances, but we’ve all been there” – but dodged what he thought about choosing the name Lilibet.
Edward’s spoke out when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex launched an unprecedented legal attack on the BBC yesterday after the company claimed the couple had not asked the Queen to name their daughter Lilibet.
In an extraordinary escalation of their war on the British media, Harry and Meghan instructed lawyers to dispute comments from the BBC’s ‘palace source’.
The couple said it was “false and defamatory” to suggest the monarch was “never asked” if they could use her nickname and said the claim should not be repeated.
The BBC, while not commenting publicly, seemed to stick with his story last night, which is still on its website and the segment featured in most of its major news bulletins.
It is not clear whether the couple plans to take the case to court, as they have done twice before in cases against the media.
Buckingham Palace has declined to comment, but in particular does not deny the BBC’s story that Her Majesty ‘was never asked’ about the couple who usurped her pet name.
A well-placed insider told the Daily Mail that the couple’s decision to use Lilibet was “a classic example of their belief that everything they do is right, but deliberately misinterpreted by the forces to get their hands on them — and yet completely tone-deaf to the reality of the situation’.
The spat broke out on Radio 4’s Today program yesterday morning, when royal correspondent Jonny Dymond said he had been told by a “palace source” that the Queen had not been asked by the couple to name their daughter Lilibet.
In a report, supported by a longer story on the BBC website, he said the source strongly disputed reports that Harry and Meghan had spoken to the Queen before the birth.
Mr Dymond said his “good palace source” was “absolutely adamant” that the Queen had “never” been consulted. But his report also highlighted the fact that a “source close to the Sussexes” had told the BBC directly that Harry had spoken to the Queen “before the birth” and “is said to have mentioned the name”.
Despite it being 1 a.m. on the West Coast of the US, Harry and Meghan’s California-based PR team informed the chosen media.
The couple’s biographer, Omid Scobie, tweeted: “Prince Harry’s next of kin confirm that he spoke to close family prior to the announcement, so perhaps this report will show how distant assistants within the institution (who along with the rest of the world of baby news) now come from the private affairs of the Sussexes.’
Shortly afterwards, the pair issued an on-the-record denial, saying: “The Duke spoke to his family prior to the announcement [of Lilibet’s name on Sunday]In fact, his grandmother was the first relative he called. During that conversation, he shared their hopes of naming their daughter Lilibet in her honor.
“If she hadn’t been supportive, they wouldn’t have taken advantage of it.”
Critics seized on the words “shared their hopes” and said it did not confirm that the Queen had a choice in the matter, either formally consulted or asked for her blessing. And Sussex’s PR team didn’t make it clear when they notified the Queen – before or after the birth.
The denial was followed by a legal warning to the media from London-based law firm Schillings, which accused the BBC of defamation.
It described the story on the BBC’s website as “false and defamatory” and added that “the allegations contained therein should not be repeated”.
The extraordinary spat exploded after days of claims and counter-claims about whether the Queen had been consulted or just informed of her new great-granddaughter’s name and when.
Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born Friday in Santa Barbara, California.