Sophie Wessex has spoken about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's new non-royal lives, offering her sweet hope for their future.
Sophie, who is Harry's aunt, was asked what she thought about the couple's decision to quit royal life earlier this year.
Speaking to the Sunday Times, she simply replied: "I just hope they will be happy."
Sophie, who has been described as the royal family's "secret weapon", also said that royals always try to help any newcomers, and spoke about her experience joining one of the world's most famous families.
She said: "We all try to help any new members of the family."
Comparing her experience of marrying Prince Edward, the Queen's youngest son, she 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."
While the Queen and other members of the firm have released statements and made veiled comments about Meghan and Harry's decision to quit, Sophie spoke directly about the life-changing choice.
Princess Anne spoke more generally about the younger members of the family, and appeared to offer some advice to the newer royals.
Speaking to Vanity Fair, Anne, who is the hardest working member of the family and carried out more then 500 engagements last year, expressed concern at younger generations trying to do things in 'new ways' - saying "please do not reinvent that particular wheel".
She chatted to the magazine a month after Meghan and Harry revealed their plans to step down as senior royals
Although she didn't name any royals in particular, she described the different ways of doing things.
She described herself as "the boring old fuddy-duddy at the back saying, ‘Don't forget the basics'", adding: "I don't think this younger generation probably understands what I was doing in the past and it's often true, isn't it? You don't necessarily look at the previous generation and say, ‘Oh, you did that?' Or, ‘You went there?'
"Nowadays, they're much more looking for, ‘Oh let's do it a new way.' And I'm already at the stage, ‘Please do not reinvent that particular wheel. We've been there, done that. Some of these things don't work. You may need to go back to basics.' "
When Harry and Meghan made their announcement back in January, the Queen released a statement saying she was disappointed by their decision but understood.
She said: "Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family.
"My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan's desire to create a new life as a young family.
"Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.The Royal Family What happens when the Queen dies? Strict dinner party for the royals Things to avoid in the Queen's presence How clever the Royal family actually are
"Harry and Meghan have made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives.
"It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK.
"These are complex matters for my family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days."