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Sophie Wessex fills ‘terrible gap’ in Queen’s life left by death of Princess Margaret

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Sophie has taken an increasingly centralised role in the Royal Family following the death of Prince Philip as well as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step back from senior royal duties last year. Prince Edward, the Queen’s youngest son, and the Countess of Wessex have conducted many interviews this year and made a number of public appearances, while Sophie has also been seen on multiple occasions with her mother-in-law around Windsor. Sophie’s marriage with Edward and close-knit family is considered important for the future of the monarchy in a time of relative upheaval. 

All three of Edward’s older siblings divorced in the Nineties while the Earl and Countess of Wessex have been married since 1999.

Sophie is reportedly a favourite of the monarch and has emerged as a reliable source of support for the Queen.

According to royal aides the relationship between the Countess and the Queen is even comparable to Her Majesty’s bond with her closest family members. 

One royal aide told the Daily Mail in 2018: “She talks to Sophie in the way she used to talk to Princess Margaret.

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“Sophie has filled a terrible gap in the Queen’s life that was left when her sister and the Queen Mother died in 2002.”

Another aide added: “She is like another daughter to Her Majesty, they are that close.”

The Queen’s sister Margaret was a close confidante to the Queen and a celebrated socialite in her youth.

However, a heavy smoker for most of her adult life, she had a lung operation in 1985, a bout of pneumonia in 1993 and suffered at least three strokes between 1998 and 2001. 

She died in February 2002, aged 71, after having a final stroke. 

The Queen Mother died seven weeks after the death of her daughter at the age of 101.

On the eve of her funeral the monarch addressed the nation in a rare television interview, thanking the public for their outpouring of support, and recounted the Queen Mother’s “infectious zest for life”.

Of course, royal experts have also claimed the void in the Queen’s life filled by Sophie is much reciprocated.

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Richard Kay and Geoffrey Levy wrote in the Daily Mail: “Touchingly, the Queen is doing much the same for Sophie, whose mother Mary died aged 71, in 2005, by making sure that the Countess’s father, Christopher, is included on the invitation list to many Royal Family events.

“The Queen and the Countess also share a fascination with military history. 

“Sophie loves listening to the Queen talk about great historical events, and the pair are sometimes gone for hours, poring over ancient documents in the Royal Archives, which are kept at Windsor Castle.

“When Sophie visited the World War I and World War 2 battlefields and cemeteries in France, she told the Queen all about what she had seen and what she felt.”

A royal expert also told Express.co.uk that Sophie was a stable influence for the Queen when she lost her husband, Prince Philip on April 9.

Marlene Koenig said: “She’s got superstar qualities without the flashing light bulbs. 

“She’s been a stable influence, and doesn’t need the fuss.

“She’s learned what it means to be a member of the Royal Family and support the sovereign and she does very well.”

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