As Harry and Meghan now spend more time overseas, the second senior spotlight shines on other senior kingdoms. In a rare conversation Sophie, the Countess of Wessex has now reflected on her own struggles to adjust to the limelight, giving a big hint as to why Meghan may have struggled.
Prince Edward’s wife, Sophie Countess of Wessex completed 236 official commitments in 2019.
The number of royal engagements was not only higher than Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, but also second place to the throne Prince William.
Therefore, the mother of two knows exactly how much of a royal life can be at times.
In a rare conversation, the Countess talked about Harry and Meghan̵
Sophie, Countess of Wessex has revealed why Meghan Markle may have struggled to adapt
Sophie, Countess of Wessex has reflected on her own struggles to adapt to the limelight
However, she also revealed why Meghan may have struggled to be thrown into the limelight so quickly.
Speaking to the Sunday Times magazine, the countess said she was glad she had a long prison term with the Queen’s son before they married in 1999.
Comparing her relationship with Prince Edward and squeezing the attention that came with it in the early days with Harry and Meghan, the mother of two said, “Remember, I had had five years to adjust.”
The comment was made while reflecting on how her marriage to the royal family differs from the Duchess of Sussex ‘experience – who saw her date Prince Harry for two years before going down the aisle in 2018.
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In a rare conversation, the Countess talked about Harry and Meghan’s decision to leave Britain
The royal mother of two continued: “In our six months of engagement, I even stayed at Buckingham Palace. Not that you necessarily know how it will pan. “
Her home in Bagshot Park – where she lives with her husband, Prince Edward and their 16-year-old daughter Lady Louise Windsor as well as her 12-year-old son James, Viscount Severn – is ten miles from Sussex’s UK-based Frogmore Cottage.
The Countess, who is said to have become a confidant to the Duchess, said: “We are all trying to help any new member of the family.”
Of Sussex’s move to the United States, the Countess said: “I just hope they are happy.”
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Sophie compared her relationship with Prince Edward and squeezed the attention that came with it in the early days with Harry and Meghan’s
The Countess said she was glad she had enjoyed a long prison with the Queen’s son before they married in 1999
The comments come after Meghan and Harry previously opened up about how the intense media spotlight caused them a big fight in the famous ITV documentary by Tom Bradbury.
Speaking before their decision to leave the royal family was made public. Meghan told Bradby it’s a “very real thing to go through behind the scenes” and replied “yes” when asked if it “really had been a fight” and she “not really ok”.
Harry and Meghan have since moved to LA with their son Archie, who recently celebrated his first birthday.
Harry flew back to be with his wife a few days before the lockdown was announced after completing his last royal engagement in England.
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The interview with the Countess of Wessex highlighted her recent visit to South Sudan as part of her work on the campaign against sexual violence in conflict.
Over the past six years, more than 400,000 people have been killed in the civil war, and more than four million have fled their homes – and that’s an epicenter of war rape.
According to the United Nations, between January 2018 and January 2020, there were incidents of conflict-related sexual violence involving at least 1,423 victims, including 302 children.
The Countess marries the youngest child of the monarch – and the only one who never got divorced – at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
The Countess of Wessex is especially close to the Queen
She is the daughter of a secretary and a sales director for a tire company and worked on Capital Radio when she met her other half.
Earlier this week was the royal – who has been volunteering throughout the coronavirus.
Sophie has a good relationship with members of the royal family and is especially close to the Queen and Duchess of Cambridge.
Last week, the 55-year-old showed his support for Kate’s latest endeavor by submitting a photo to the Hold Still photography project, which launched back in May to capture the “spirit of the nation” during the coronavirus outbreak.
Sophie went into a camera phone photo in which a colleague volunteered to smile while organizing food supplies for NHS workers at a Surrey mosque.