Sophie Wessex: Expert discusses 'push back' on raising children
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Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, has “pushed back” against having “unnecessary” royal titles for her children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, a commentator has claimed. Prince Edward’s wife is said to be taking “a really healthy approach to parenting as a royal”. HeirPod host Omid Scobie and ABC News Foreign Correspondent Maggie Rulli spoke about the Countess’ methods.
Mr Scobie told listeners: “That need for a title has almost become a bit unnecessary.
“In fact, we’ve even seen some pushback from the Wessexes recently.
“Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, said in a Times interview recently that they’re raising their children from a very young age to know that they’re going to have to go out in the real world and get jobs.
“I think that’s a really healthy approach to parenting as a royal.”
He continued: “We don’t know how long the Royal Family will be around for.
“We’re very much at the peak of our Windsor era with the Queen being at the head of The Firm.
“But as that changes, that may also change how the country feels about the Royal Family, it could change things for everyone.
“So I would say not having a title, and actually going out in the real world and getting jobs, is probably a smart step and a smart approach.”
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Ms Rulli added: “Even if the Royal Family last forever, it’s also just probably makes people more well-rounded, which can never be a bad thing.
“They have to know what the world is like if they actually want to be a part of it and contribute to it.
“So I think it’s good that there’s a mix of royals that have titles and don’t have titles, that have different roles. There’s a lot of ways to be successful and make an impact.”
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Lady Louise Windsor is currently 17-years-old and James, Viscount Severn, is 13.
Sophie opened up about their future in the monarchy in a June 2020 interview.
The Countess told the Times: “We try to bring them up with the understanding they are very likely to have to work for a living.
“Hence we made the decision not to use HRH titles.
“They have them and can decide to use them from 18, but I think it’s highly unlikely.”
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