'That's families for you.' Prince Edward discusses the Sussexes, the bereaved Queen and his father's legacy
June 10, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Edward, Earl of Wessex, pops his head around the door of the room in St James's Palace and chuckles at the numerous cameras set up for the interview. "Do you have enough?" he laughs.
Thursday would have been the 100th birthday of Edward's father, Prince Philip, and he is marking the date by reflecting on the Duke of Edinburgh's legacy and his eponymous Award program.
It's a really hard decision," Edward says.
Edward says he hopes the couple are happy before returning to the subject of the rift, suggesting disagreements happen in every family.
"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," says Edward.
"Trying to be there as a friendly ear at times is, absolutely, is really important," Edward says.
Edward says the get-together is a "perfect opportunity" for the pair to meet.
The fact that conversations with the monarch stay private in this day and age "is a bit strange," Edward says.
It was said to encourage young people and adults to get involved in non-formal activities or out-of-classroom learning," Edward says.
"What I really liked about it is that the award is so diversified, there's so many different components to it," says Kristina Ayanian, a 24-year-old senior listings analyst at NASDAQ, who holds a Bronze, Silver and Gold Award from The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award.
Ayanian says the program's present-day international reach is an important part of Prince Philip's legacy.
Part of the program for the past five years, the Berklee College of Music double major student is also currently serving as an Alumni Award Leader at the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award USA while completing his own Gold Award level.
He says he's grateful that the Duke of Edinburgh created the program.