Sophie, the Countess of Wessex addresses Harry and Meghan's departure

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One member of the royal family is speaking out in the wake of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepping down as senior members. In a new interview with The Sunday Times, Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, and the wife of Prince Edward, discussed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Apart from the Queen official statements, the royals have remained relatively quiet in regards to the youngest son of Charles and Diana and his wife's public struggle within the royal family.

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Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the annual Remembrance Sunday Memorial at The Cenotaph in London on November 10, 2019.
Prince Edward and Sophie Countess of Wessex attending the annual Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in London. (Photo by DPPA/Sipa USA)
The Countess of Wessex meets Hugo Stone and Anna Friel at the Sulphur and White World Premiere held at the Curzon Mayfair in London.
The Countess of Wessex walks amongst headstones in King Tom Commonwealth Cemetery in Freetown on the second day of her visit to Sierra Leone.
The Countess of Wessex is joined by Principal Joko Venn (right) and Kobi Bentley (centre right), Head of DFID in Sierra Leone, during her visit to the Russell Technical Secondary School, Russell, Sierra Leone, on the second day of her visit to Sierra Leone.
Queen Elizabeth II (right), with (left to right) the Earl of Wessex, the Duke of Cambridge and the Countess of Wessex attend the annual Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington, London.
(left to right) Winner Pippa Funnell with the Countess of Wessex at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials in Stamford, Lincolnshire.
Queen Elizabeth II (left) arrives at Crathie Kirk for the Sunday church service with Sophie, Countess of Wessex and the Earl of Wessex (right) near Balmoral, where members of the royal family are currently spending their summer holidays.
The Countess of Wessex in the royal box of centre court on day nine of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
The Earl and Countess of Forfar after unveiling their first plaque with their new title as they visit Glenfiddich Whisky Distillery in Dufftown.
The Earl and Countess of Forfar unveil a plaque during a visit to the Dufftown and Keith railway in Dufftown.
Princess Anne, Sophie Countess of Wessex during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. (Photo by DPPA/Sipa USA)
The Earl and Countess of Wessex on the first day of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse ahead of their 20th wedding anniversary.
Britain's Sophie, Countess of Wessex (L), Spain's Queen Letizia (2L), Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (C), Netherlands' Queen Maxima (2R) and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the Most Noble Order of the Garter ( Orde van de Kouseband) ceremony at St George�s Chapel at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England on June 17, 2019. (Photo by PPE/Nieboer/Sipa USA)
Sophie Countess of Wessex, Princess Anne during Order of the Garter service, a service for the Most Noble Order of the Garter, at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, UK. (Photo by DPPA/Sipa USA)
17-06-2019 England The Most Noble Order of the Garter ( Orde van de Kouseband) ceremony at St George�s Chapel at Windsor Castle in Windsor. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima and Catherine and Prince Edward and Sophie of Wessex ( PPE/Nieboer /Sipa USA)
ALTERNATE CROP: The Countess of Wessex talks to Sidra (6) at an informal tented settlement, which houses refugees displaced to Lebanon by the Syrian conflict, in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, during the first official Royal visit to the country.
08-06-2019 England The ceremony of the Trooping the Colour, marking the monarch's official birthday, in London. Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie Rhys-Jones, Countess of Wessex and Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn Princess Eugenie of York and Princess Beatrice of York ( PPE/Nieboer /Sipa USA)
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and their son James, Viscount Severn ride in an open carriage during Trooping the Colour in London
08-06-2019 England The ceremony of the Trooping the Colour, marking the monarch's official birthday, in London. Prince William, Prince Louis, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales Britain's Princess Beatrice of York Britain's Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Eugenie of York Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie Rhys-Jones, Countess of Wessex and Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn Prince Andrew Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex James, Viscount Severn and Isla Phillips ( PPE/Nieboer /Sipa USA)
The Countess of Wessex leaving the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, London.
The Countess of Wessex unveils a plaque during a visit to open the restored Royal Victoria Chapel at the Royal Victoria Country Park in Netley, near Southampton, Hampshire.
Earl of Wessex, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke of York, during the annual Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall in London, which commemorates and honours all those who have lost their lives in conflicts.
King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, Sophie, Countess of Wessex during a visit to HMS Belfast and HMS Zeeland and a Marine Demonstration, showcasing the 45 years of cooperation between the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps and the Royal Marine, on the second of the 2 day state visit by the Dutch Royal Pair to the UK. (Photo by DPPA/Sipa USA)
Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex during a visit to HMS Belfast and HMS Zeeland and a Marine Demonstration, showcasing the 45 years of cooperation between the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps and the Royal Marine, on the second of the 2 day state visit by the Dutch Royal Pair to the UK. (Photo by DPPA/Sipa USA)
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Sophie, 55, came from a middle class family and worked for a PR firm before joining the royal family. Similar to Meghan, Sophie struggled with the critical British press and even had topless photos published shortly before her 1999 wedding to Edward.

"We all try to help any new member of the family," Sophie told The Times.

Sophie has been seen chatting with Meghan on numerous public occasions, most noticeably at Harry and Meghan's last royal engagement on Commonwealth Day back in March, where the two couples sat next to each other at Westminster Abbey.

"I just hope they will be happy," Sophie simply noted of the young family.

Despite her sympathy toward Meghan, Sophie noted that her situation was different from the couple's whirlwind romance that lasted less than two years before they were headed down the aisle.

"Remember I'd had five years to adjust, and for our six-month engagement I was even staying in Buckingham Palace," she said. "Not that you necessarily know how it will pan out."

Harry and Meghan stepped down as senior royals on March 31. They have since relocated to Los Angeles with their one-year-old son, Archie. They have publicly struggled with the press and are currently in the middle of a court case with Associated Newspapers after The Mail on Sunday published Meghan's handwritten letter to her estranged father, Thomas Markle.

- This article first appeared on ET Online

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