Sophie Plans to 'Obey'

updated 04/21/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 02/22/1999 12:00AM

Sophie Rhys-Jones will promise to love, honor and, yes, "obey" Prince Edward when she marries the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II next week, according to the Right Rev. Peter Nott, the Bishop of Norwich, who's officiating at the June 19 ceremony. He said Rhys-Jones's decision to include the word in her vows was "no big deal." "It is a mistaken assumption that when a bride says she will obey it means she is going to be subservient," Nott said. "It is to do with trust and listening. The partnership is equal." Sarah Ferguson included the word "obey" in her vows when she married Prince Andrew in 1986, but Princess Diana omitted the word when she married Prince Charles in 1981.

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