Sophie Wessex reveals her kids are ‘very likely to have to work for a living’ as she explains why they do not have HRH titles

The Countess of Wessex has two children with Prince Edward.
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  • Sophie, Countess of Wessex, has spoken about her children's futures in a new interview.


    The Countess and her husband Prince Edward have two children – Lady Louise Windsor, 16, and James, Viscount Severn, 12.

    Speaking to The Sunday Times recently, Sophie explained that she did not give her children HRH titles (they are not styled as Prince of Princesses), as she and Edward have tried to instil in them that they will work for a living, outside of the royal family, when they are old enough.

    She 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.”

    Louise and James were not given royal titles at birth, much like their royal relative Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor, Prince Harry and Meghan’s one-year-old son.

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    Continuing to share how she and her husband have tried to give their royal children a somewhat normal life, Sophie said, “They go to a regular school [they both attend top independent schools]. They go to friends for sleepovers and parties.”

    The Countess of Wessex also revealed that she and her family spend their free time in in very normal ways – despite the Queen being her children’s grandmother!

    “At weekends we do lots of dog walking and stay with friends,” she said. “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.”

    Sophie, Edward, Louise and James don’t live too far from the monarch and Prince Philip. The Wessexes live at Bagshot Park in Surrey, just a short drive from Windsor Castle.

    The couple have lived there for over 20 years, moving in shortly after their wedding in 1999.

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