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Countess of Wessex speaks out about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leaving the royals

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex rocked the nation when they announced on Instagram their intention to step down as senior members of the Royal Family. The Queen later released a statement in support of Harry and Meghan. However, the feelings of the rest of the Royal Family and their inner circle remained unclear for some time. Mow, Sophie, Countess of Wessex has spoken out about the couple's decision.

Speaking to The Sunday Times' Christina Lamb, Sophie gave her well wishes to the couple, who now live in Los Angeles.

Harry and Meghan moved to LA with their son Archie, who recently celebrated his first birthday.

Harry flew back to be with his wife just days before the lockdown was announced after completing his final royal engagement in the UK.

She said: "I just hope they will be happy."

The royal said that when it comes to welcoming new members to the Royal Family, everyone does their bit.

Therefore, everyone would have been doing their best to help Meghan adjust to royal life after the royal wedding.

"We all try to help any new members of the family," she said.

Meghan and Harry previously opened up about how the intense media spotlight caused them a great deal of struggle in the famous ITV documentary by Tom Bradbury.

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Speaking before their decision to leave the Royal Family was made public. Meghan told Bradby it's a "very real thing to be going through behind the scenes" and replied "yes" when asked if it's "really been a struggle" and she's "not really ok".

When speaking of Harry and Meghan, Sophie recalled her own struggles with press attention.

Comparing her relationship with Prince Edward and the press attention that came with it in the early days to Harry and Meghan's, the mother-of-two said: "Remember I'd had five years to adjust.

"And for our six-month engagement I was even staying at Buckingham Palace. Not that you necessarily know how it will pan out."

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Sophie has a good relationship with members of the Royal Family, and is particularly close with the Queen, and the Duchess of Cambridge.

Last week, the 55-year-old showed her support for Kate's latest endeavour by submitting a photo to the Hold Still photography project, which was launched back in May to capture the "spirit of the nation" during the coronavirus outbreak.

Sophie entered a camera phone image showing a fellow volunteer smiling while organising food deliveries for NHS workers at a Surrey mosque.

Edward and Sophie are parents to two children, Lady Louise and James Viscount.

The family are currently isolating at their home in Bagshot Park, Surrey, where they have been since the beginning of the coronavirus lockdown.

While the royal couple have kept Louise and James out of the spotlight for the majority of their childhoods, and now that they are older, they are being seen more and more in the public eye.

While talking to The Sunday Times, Sophie revealed that she has high hopes for her daughter's future.

"She's quite clever," she added.

The countess says her daughter is likely to attend university in the future.

Sophie also gave an insight into her children's relationship with their grandmother, the Queen, who lives nearby in Windsor.

"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," she said.

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