Given the closeness of the Queen and Sophie, it made for a stronger relationship between Sophie and Edward. When the couple was just starting to see each other, they were very concerned about their privacy. Prince Edward released a statement to the media that asked them to keep Sophie’s life private.
Since this statement, they have lived a moderately private life, and other royals have followed their example. Prince William released a similar statement when he started dating his wife, Kate, in an attempt to protect her privacy.