Queen was 'formidable' at Prince Philip's funeral says Lette
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Sophie could soon have new responsibilities within the Firm after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped down from their royal duties and the Duke of Edinburgh died, according to a journalist. Gordon Rayner of the Telegraph said Sophie’s role in the days following the Duke’s death was key during such times of grief.
He added: “She made the first public comments about his passing, repeatedly visited Windsor Castle and provided a photograph of the Queen and the Duke at Balmoral that Her Majesty chose to share with the world as a tribute to her late husband.
“The departure of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex from the UK, and the effective retirement of the Duke of York, has left a major hole in the roster of Royal family members available to carry out public duties, and the Countess has been groomed to step out of the shadows in the year since Megxit.”
Sophie’s husband and the Queen and Prince Philip’s youngest child, Prince Edward, is also set to step up and will acquire the title of Duke of Edinburgh when Prince Charles eventually ascends to the throne.
But according to Mr Rayner, Her Majesty’s confidence in Sophie was displayed when the Countess “was sanctioned to speak to the media about how the sovereign was coping the day after the Duke of Edinburgh’s death.”
He added: “She followed up the next day by describing the Duke’s final moments, and made regular visits to Windsor to comfort the Queen from her home in Bagshot Park, around 10 miles away.”
The newspaper editor highlighted the Countess’ seat during the Duke’s funeral, labelling it a “prime position”.
She was seated almost opposite the Monarch and closer to her than Prince Edward.
According to a fashion expert, Sophie has been preparing to assume more responsibilities and her style reflected it.
Director of fashion buying at CHO clothing Gareth O’Rourke told Express.co.uk: “Sophie, Countess of Wessex is known to be extremely hard working in her role to support the Queen and her involvement in various charity work.
“She has always been known for her elegant yet simple fashion sense.”
He added: “It’s no surprise that we haven’t seen her in flamboyant or stand out pieces up until recently.
“Her bold outfits could suggest her newly added responsibility within the Royal Family.
“It could also show the importance of her appealing to a wider audience now that she is in line to become the Duchess of Edinburgh.”
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