SOPHIE, Countess of Wessex married Prince Edward in 1999 – but a royal expert has now revealed the two almost split because the Queen’s son got “cold feet”.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex met Prince Edward in 1987, when he was dating her friend. The two met again at a tennis charity event in 1993, and began a relationship soon afterwards. But just a year into their romance, the couple almost split, a royal expert has revealed.
In royal author Ingrid Seward’s book Prince Edward, from 1995, she revealed Sophie and Edward came “precariously close” to breaking up.
According to Ms Seward, Sophie, who was born a commoner, struggled to adjust to life as a royal.
She wrote: “Like all couples there were moments when the effort of adjusting led to rows and disagreements and, in the summer of 1994, they came precariously close to parting.”
Ms Seward further wrote just a year after they met, the Prince, who is the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, got cold feet.
Sophie Wessex heartbreak Prince Edward reportedly got ‘cold feet’ early in their relationship (Image GETTY)
She added: “Edward became what one friend described as ‘unnerved’ by the speed which the affair was developing.
“But if Edward was wracked by indecision (a not-uncommon problem amongst male members of his family) Sophie remained coolly determined.
“She was not prepared to let the relationship flounder.
“When rumours of the rift became public she dismissed them as ‘rubbish’.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Prince Edward married in 1999 (Image GETTY)
Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Prince Edward have two children (Image GETTY)
“She was being elastic with the truth, but it did give her the breathing space she needed to get her relationship back on track again.
By Christmas time in 1994, everything was back on track in the relationship.
Sophie and Prince Edward announced their engagement a few years later on January 6, 1999.
Edward proposed with an engagement ring featuring a two-carat oval diamond made by Asprey and Garrard, worth £105,000.
Sophie and Prince Edward celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary this year (Image: EXPRESS)
The wedding took place on June 19 the same year at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.
In 2003, Sophie and Edward welcomed their first child, Lady Louise Windsor.
On December 17, 2007, James, Viscount Severn was born.
In June 2019, Sophie and Prince Edward celebrated 20 years of marriage.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK