Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex joke over Oprah Harry and Meghan, saying royals are ‘still a family’
Prince Edward and his wife the Countess of Wessex shared a laugh over Harry and Meghan’s controversial Oprah interview, as they insisted the royals remain a family ‘no matter what happens’.
Speaking in their first major interview together since they married in 1999, the royal couple jokingly asked ‘Oprah who?’ and ‘what interview?’ when asked if they watched Harry and Meghan’s bombshell sit down with the US chat show host.
They also reflected on Prince Philip a little over a month since his funeral – with Prince Edward describing the ‘extremely odd’ ceremony, thanks to coronavirus restrictions.
In the Wessexes’ first public comments since that momentous day, Sophie explained: ‘We are still a family no matter what happens, we always will be.’
The Countess of Wessex also admitted to having a ‘lengthy chat’ with Harry after the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in April.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 56, and Prince Edward, 57, spoke in their first major interview together on Harry and Meghan, the Royal Family and reflected on Prince Philip’s funeral
‘Oprah who?’: The Wessexes joked about Harry and Meghan’s controversial Oprah interview (above)
The couple’s comments follow the tensions earlier this year in the aftermath of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s bombshell interview.
And despite a tumultuous year for the Royals, the Countess of Wessex, 56, insisted the royals are ‘still a family no matter what happens’.
Sophie and her husband the Earl of Wessex, who married at Windsor Castle 22 years ago, said they were ‘flattered’ to be taking on a more prominent role in a slimmed-down monarchy since Harry and Meghan’s move to California.
In an interview with The Telegraph Magazine, Sophie said she had a ‘lengthy chat’ with Harry after the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in April.
It was the first time Harry had been in the UK since stepping down as a senior working royal for a new life of personal and financial freedom in the US with Meghan and their son Archie.
The couple also reflected on their more prominent role within the monarchy, since the Sussexes and Prince Andrew, Duke of York stepped back from royal duties
His trip in honour of Philip also came just weeks after the Sussexes explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey, in which they accused the royal family of racism and the institution of failing to support the suicidal duchess.
Speaking on the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in April, Prince Edward, 57, said: ‘It was extraordinarily odd walking into St George’s Chapel and finding the nave completely empty.
‘It’s always difficult with these kinds of things because you’re in the middle of it, so you’ve got no idea what it necessarily looks like from the outside.
‘It became really poignant to be there because it was suddenly so very intimate.’
Between the two of them, the Wessexes combine for more than 500 royal engagements every year, and have stepped up since the high-profile departure of Harry and Meghan and Prince Andrew stepping back from public duties in 2019.
Prince Edward (left, with his daughter Lady Louise and wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex) is the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen’s youngest child (Pictured: The family view flowers outside St George’s Chapel following Prince Philip’s death)
Reflecting on their more prominent role in the monarchy, Sophie said: ‘We’ve plodded along doing what we’re doing, hopefully doing it well.
‘And then all of a sudden there’s a bit of a hiatus and things have changed a bit.
‘Naturally, the media are looking for people to fill the so-called void.’
She added: ‘If people want to pay more attention to what we’re doing, then great.’
She said her children Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, ‘still keep expecting to see grandpa arrive in his green Land Rover’ as the couple pledged to continue Philip’s work through the Duke of Edinburgh award.
The couple said the Queen had been ‘keeping busy’ since her husband’s death, with Edward, 57, explaining: ‘The job is not something you can walk away from, it just carries on relentlessly.’