Prince Philip was 'heartbroken' by family drama in his last days

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Prince Philip, who was often described as the glue that holds the British royal family together and credited for acting as a peacemaker during family feuds, was reportedly left feeling “heartbroken” with the recent drama.

Gyles Brandreth, who was a close friend of the late Prince Consort, revealed that the royal “regretted” that the royal family’s private issues have made it to the public. He also strongly disapproved of the public interviews about personal matters given by his son Prince Andrew and grandson Prince Harry.

Andrew had appeared in a car crash interview with BBC Newsnight in November 2019 denying his alleged involvement with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, which was followed by his expulsion as a senior member of the royal family. Meanwhile, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle aired their grievances against Buckingham Palace in a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey this March, a year after quitting as senior royals.

Brandreth recalled the Duke of Edinburgh’s reaction to the scandals in an appearance on “Good Morning Britain” on Thursday, what would have been the royal’s 100th birthday. Asked how Prince Philip would have reacted to the controversy, Brandreth said: “I know exactly what he would have made of all of this.”

“He was heartbroken, as he said to me, that the royal family has been turned into a soap opera and he regretted that very much indeed. He also regretted members of the royal family giving personal interviews,” Brandreth revealed, as per The Mirror.