Prince Edward was scared his relationship with Sophie would be destroyed after he witnessed Charles’ and Andrew’s marriages to Diana and Sarah collapse.
Prince Edward commented in 1986 about the problems of being a member of the royal family, biographer, Ingrid Seward writes in her book: ‘Prince Edward: A Biography’.
Her book, published in 1995, claims that, Edward once said: “It’s not actually going to affect me at all. That’s because my anonymity has gone and I accept that. However, you become very conscious of the feeling that if you try to get to know anybody, they are going to suffer a stigma for the rest of their lives”.
He cannot have a normal relationship with just about anybody. But that’s the way it goes.
Ms Seward claims in her book that “the failures of the marriages of his beloved sister Anne and then, in rapid and embarrassing succession, Andrew and Charles, made Edward even more determined to put caution before commitment”.
Also read: Revealed: Kate Middleton’s Shared Heartbreak With Sarah Ferguson.
When Princess Anne, married Captain Mark Phillips in 1973, the royal couple seemed perfect for one another. However, the end of their marriage and the events that led to its destruction proved to be anything but enchanting.
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Coming onto Prince Charles’ first marriage with Prince Diana, nearly one billion television viewers tuned in to witness their marriage. However, the fairy-tale couple grew apart. It was an experience that was particularly painful under the ubiquitous eyes of the world’s tabloid media.
This wasn’t it. Prince Edward saw another broken marriage.
Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew, married after a whirlwind romance. It was was captured in the same way as Charles and Diana’s fairy-tale. However, their marriage was in trouble just one year later. It was due to the demands of Andrew’s Naval career. They legally separated in 1992.
Ms Seward’s biography also reveals a letter that Prince Edward wrote, personally to Britain’s newspaper editors at the start of his relationship with Sophie. It was about his concerns that history will repeat itself.
So, what was written in that letter?
The letter read: “I am taking this unusual step of writing to you directly in the hope of something. It would be of stopping your reporters and photographers from destroying the part of my life that I am entitled to regard as private. And more importantly, Sophie’s life”.
““We are not planning to get married. I and Sophie only met each other in the last few months. However, we are good friends. If this situation changes, we will let you know in a proper and formal manner”.
“I am very conscious that other members of my immediate family have been subjected to similar attention. And, it has not been at all beneficial to their relationships”.