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Short Bio of Sophie Rhys-Jones

January 6, 1999

LONDON (AP) _ A close, warm family; a private education; a blossoming career in her own public relations company: Royal fiancee Sophie Rhys-Jones is the successful product of a typical middle-class English home.

Her father, Christopher, is a tire salesman and her mother, Mary, a typist. They raised Ms. Rhys-Jones and her brother, David, in the quiet village of Brenchley, southeast of London.

Ms. Rhys-Jones, 33, attended Kent College, a private school, where she had a good, but not outstanding, academic record. Later, she attended secretarial college and worked for a while in an office before beginning a public relations career with a company offering skiing holidays.

Two years ago, Ms. Rhys-Jones set up R-JH Public Relations in London’s ritzy Mayfair with partner Murray Harkin. They charge up to $16,000 for organizing an event, and have handled the public relations for some royal events. She plans to keep working after the wedding.

She met Prince Edward at the Queen’s Tennis Club in London in 1993; they began dating soon afterward. She has spent weekends and holidays with him at Queen Elizabeth II’s homes at Balmoral in Scotland and Sandringham in eastern England.

She enjoys sports, particularly sailing, skiing and windsurfing.

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