Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 56, and Prince Edward, 56, tied the knot in July 1999 and while the couple initially had their own careers apart from the royal bubble they switched and have dedicated themselves fulltime to serving the Crown since 2002. Sophie and Edward have taken on increasingly important roles within the monarchy since the departure of Meghan Markle, 39, and Prince Harry, 36, from the Fold last year.
Sophie and Edward have two teenage children – Lady Louise Windsor, 17, and James, Viscount Severn, 13, who live with their parents at Bagshot Park in Surrey.
Unlike their more senior royal cousins, the Wessex children have been raised without royal titles and Sophie and Edward have always been keen to protect their privacy.
Earlier this week Prince Edward gave an interview about his work championing the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme which encourages young people across the UK and Commonwealth to take part in outdoor activities.
During the sitdown with Sky News, Prince Edward was quizzed about his own home life and how his children had been dealing with homeschooling during lockdown.
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According to a language expert, the “protective” Earl appeared to hesitate when asked about his offspring.
Language expert and author Judi James analysed Edward’s latest interview for Express.co.uk and shared her findings.
While Edward seems happy to wax lyrical about the DofE project, she said he seemed less keen to disclose more personal details.
Judi explained: “There is a middle section of this interview where Edward is invited to offer more personal insights and it is interesting that his previous brushes with the press lead to him warily throwing up several instantly protective verbal barriers.”
Edward added: “I have to say half-term came at just the right time because it was very interesting the frustrations that were beginning to show – and I reckon we weren’t the only family to have experienced that.
“I count our blessings that we’re lucky where we are.”
Having analysed the language Edward used to discuss his children, Judi said: “This desire to protect his children’s privacy might sound natural but given Sophie and his current elevation through the ranks of the Firm and their much higher profile as a result it could be a personal challenge for Edward to ensure that any desire for privacy is respected.”
Last year Sophie spoke of her and Edward’s wish to give their children as normal an upbringing as possible in an interview with the Sunday Times Magazine.
The Countess said: “We try to bring them up with the understanding 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.”
While Lady Louise and James have been at home during the recent lockdown they are both expected to return to school on March 8.