Patrick Jephson, who worked as the late princess’s private secretary and chief of staff, told CNN on Saturday, March 6, the rift between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the royal household is all too familiar.
“Thirty years ago we were in a comparable situation where rifts were opening up within the royal family and it was starting to escalate,” he shared, alluding to Diana distancing herself from the royal family after she and Prince Charles divorced in 1996. “There were a lot of unhappy people involved then, I’m quite sure there are a lot of unhappy people involved now.”
Jephson continued: “First and foremost, we should understand that this is a family rift. It has taken on a lot of the trappings of a big media PR story, but at the heart of this are real people really hurting and I hope that somewhere in the midst of the current back and forth somebody is putting down the seeds for eventual reconciliation, which has to come.”
Speaking on Harry, 36, and Meghan’s decision to speak out in a tell-all interview — which is set to air on CBS on Sunday, March 7 — Diana’s former aide noted, “The precedence for royal interviews of this kind are not very encouraging.”
He told CNN, “Both Prince Charles…