The UKs most normal Royal Family – with garden centre job and no royal titles

The Wessexes belong to the most famous family in the world, but they are described as the 'most normal' of all the royals.

Sophie, 57, and Prince Edward, 58, have been married since 1999, and share two children, Lady Louise Windsor, 18, and James, Viscount Severn, 14.

Living near Windsor Castle, in a picture of domestic family bliss, Edward is the only one of the late Queen’s children not to have got divorced.

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Kate and William are said to admire how the pair raised their children out of the public eye, despite their couple being full-time working royals, in a bid to prepare them for a future not already established for them.

It was only recently that the children made a rare public appearance as they stood guard around their great-grandmother's coffin for a vigil in Westminster Hall.

Their family has remained largely out of the spotlight, but this could change now Edward's oldest brother, King Charles, is heading up the monarchy – with the two working royals expected to take on a bigger role in the streamlined monarchy.

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The Wessex children, James and the so-called 'favourite' granddaughter of the Queen, Louise, do not use the HRH title or prince and princess titles they received upon birth, in line with their parents wishes for them to grow up out of the public eye.

In her book "The New Royals", author Katie Nicholl wrote: "Kate is said to admire the way Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie, are raising their children — Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn — in the bosom of the Royal Family but prepared for life in the real world."

In a rare interview with The Sunday Times, Sophie explained: "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."

The countess said she and Prince Edward tried to give their children, a "normal" life, adding: "They go to a regular school [they both attend top independent schools]. They go to friends' for sleepovers and parties.

"At weekends, we do lots of dog-walking and stay with friends. I guess not everyone's grandparents live in a castle, but where you are going is not the important part, or who they are."

Following her A-Level results the palace announced that Lady Louise was set to start an English degree at the University of St Andrews this month, following in the footsteps of the Prince and Princess of Wales.

As she waited for her results she had been spotted working at a garden centre for £6.83 an hour, working on the tills, greeting and assisting customers and pruning and potting plants.

One customer said: "I couldn’t believe it was Lady Louise — I had to look twice.

“You’d never imagine the Queen’s granddaughter would take on a role working behind a till."

At the time Ingrid Stewart, editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, said: "Isn’t it wonderful the Queen’s granddaughter rolled her sleeves up and got her hands dirty with a summer job before going to university — just like any other normal teenager.”

The couple's desire for their children to have a 'normal' life is possibly spurred on by Sophie's non-royal background – as the daughter of a tyre salesman and a secretary, she was working in PR at Capital Radio when the couple met in 1987.

Sophie carried on working before finally becoming a full-time royal in 2002, after she was recorded, in a sting, describing Tony Blair as "President Blair" and dubbing the Queen an "old dear".

But there were no hard feeling as Sophie was described as a 'second daughter' to the Queen, with the pair sharing a passion for military history.

The monarch also invited her to several church services and they enjoyed watching old movies together.


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