You’re not the only one: a former senior aide adjutant recently Princess Diana also compares Meghan Markle and Prince HarryRoyal divide on how the late Princess of Wales dealt with the monarchy.

Diana’s former private secretary and chief of staff, Patrick Jephsonspoke about the family on CNN on Saturday, March 6, the day before the CBS aired Oprah WinfreyThe highly anticipated interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who is pregnant with their second child.

During the special, Meghan, 39, and Harry, 36, explained the reasons for their move to the US and their royal exit in 2020, which was recently finalized and followed a growing rift between the Duke and his older brother Prince Williamwho is second on the throne.

“Thirty years ago we found ourselves in a similar situation where rifts opened and escalated within the royal family,” Diana’s former aide told CNN. “There were a lot of unhappy people involved then. I’m pretty sure there are a lot of unhappy people involved now.”

“First and foremost, we should remember that this is a family rift,” said Patrick of Meghan and Harry’s relationship with the royal family. “It has taken on many of the hallmarks of a great media PR story, but it centers around real people who are really hurt and I hope that somewhere in the midst of the current back and forth someone is laying down the seeds for an eventual reconciliation that has to come . “

After separating from husband and Harry’s father in 1992 Prince CharlesDiana became estranged from her ex’s family and became the first queen to give a full interview. In a BBC Panorama interview with, she spoke openly about her life and the pressures of the media Martin Bashir 1995, less than two years before her death at the age of 36.