Prince Edward and Sophie breakup shock

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Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary earlier this year, however the couple almost didn’t make it down the aisle in the first place.

According to a royal biographer, they were “precariously close” to breaking up early on in their relationship. 

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Sophie and Edward first met in 1993 in London at a charity tennis match organised by the Prince, and began dating shortly after. 

But according to Ingrid Steward’s 1995 book Prince Edward, in 1994, Edward, who is the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, reportedly got “cold feet” about the relationship.

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.”

“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,” Ingrid said in her biography. 

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Edward and Sophie on their wedding day, June 19, 1999 (Credit: Getty)

“She [Sophie] was not prepared to let the relationship flounder,” wrote Ingrid.

“When rumours of the rift became public she dismissed them as ‘rubbish’.

“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 the end of 1994, everything was back on track for the couple.

Sophie married Edward at St George’s Chapel on June 19, 1999.

They now have two children, Lady Louise Windsor, 15, and James, Viscount Severn, 11, who is the youngest grandchild of Queen Elizabeth.

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