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    Prince Edward says royal family tensions with Prince Harry and Meghan 'very sad', Queen 'doing quite well' after Prince Philip's death

    Prince Edward says tensions within the royal family involving the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are "very sad".

    The Queen's youngest son says tensions within the royal family involving Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are "very sad".

    Prince Edward's comments came as lawyers for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex sent letters to media outlets following the birth of their daughter on Sunday.

    The pair did so to deny a report from the BBC that they had not consulted the Queen about using her childhood nickname Lilibet when naming their daughter.

    The duke and duchess have rarely been out of the headlines since they gave an explosive interview to US talk show host Oprah Winfrey after stepping down from royal duties and moving to the United States.

    Prince Edward told CNN that controversy is nothing new for the royal family.

    "Listen, weirdly we've all been there before," he said.

    "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.

    "It's difficult for everyone but that's families for you."

    He was speaking hours after the duke and duchess said the BBC article, which cited an unnamed source, was "false and defamatory".

    The couple said the Queen was the first family member they called.

    "During that conversation, he (Harry) shared their hope of naming their daughter Lilibet in her honour," their spokesperson said.

    Some royal commentators said the move to name their daughter Lilibet appeared to be an olive branch to the family after their falling out following the Oprah interview.

    Members of the royal family, including the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William and his wife Catherine said they were delighted by the birth.

    'I think everybody's in pretty good shape'

    Prince Edward also said his mother was "doing remarkably quite well" following the death of Prince Philip, her husband of 73 years. 

    He said some times were harder than others, but the family was coping with the death of his father.

    "It was an experience that so many other families have had to go through during this past year or 18 months and so in that sense, it was particularly poignant," Prince Edward said.

    "There are an awful lot of people who haven't been able to express the respect that they would like to have done. I think many people would have liked to have been there to support the Queen [at the funeral].

    "I think there are going to be other times further along 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. I think that everybody's in pretty good shape really, and just working rather too hard."

    This weekend the Queen will have tea with US President Joe Biden at Windsor Castle.

    She will host the President and First Lady Jill Biden in her royal residence on Sunday, after the couple leaves the Group of Seven summit in Cornwall.

    The monarch will greet the Bidens in the castle's quadrangle, where assembled soldiers from the Queen's Company First Battalion Grenadier Guards will give a royal salute and the US national anthem will be played.

    The president will then be invited to inspect the Honor Guard and watch the military march-past with the Queen.

    Mr Biden will be the 13th American leader to meet the monarch.


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