Prince Edward's wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, has spoken about life in the royal family in a new interview with The Sunday Times.
When asked about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's decision to step down as senior royals, Sophie replied, 'I just hope they will be happy.'
Sophie also noted that she had much more time to adjust to joining the royal family than Meghan did, having dated Prince Edward for five years prior to spending their six-month engagement living at Buckingham Palace.
While Meghan didn't have nearly as long to prepare for her role, Sophie told The Sunday Times, 'We all try to help any new member of the family'.
Sophie also revealed that she is raising her two children—Lady Louise Windsor, and James, Viscount Severn—to have lives outside of the royal family. She explained, 'We try to bring them up with the understanding that they are very likely to have to work for a living... Hence we made the decision not to use HRH titles. They have them and can decide to use them from 18, but I think it's highly unlikely.'
However, the countess also acknowledged that her children's lives weren't completely normal. She revealed, 'I guess not everyone's grandparents live in a castle, but where you are going is not the important part, or who they are. When they are with the Queen, she is their grandmother.'
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