Queen's reliance on Sophie Wessex discussed by expert
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Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 56, is the wife of the Queen and Prince Philip’s youngest son, Prince Edward. She has become one of the most prominent members of the family in the days following the Duke of Edinburgh’s death, supporting the Queen with whom she shares a close bond.
A source close to the royals told the Sun the bond between the Queen and Sophie is down to the shared importance both place on religion.
The Queen is said to often ask Sophie to accompany her in the car on their way to church on Sundays and particularly enjoys her presence at the time.
The insider said: “The Queen likes to be completely calm before church and she finds Sophie’s presence soothing.”
The insider added: “She is trusted and relied on by the Queen in a way I couldn’t say applied to the Duchess of Cambridge or the Duchess of Cornwall.
“She is like another daughter to Her Majesty, they are that close.”
When Sophie married Edward she decided against becoming a working royal, instead continuing her work in public relations, but has now made the change to being a full-time royal.
Prince Edward is the only one of the Queen’s children still married to their first partner.
The Sun’s source said the Queen is very aware of this fact, and “knows that is in no small way down to Sophie’s dedication – she is aware, as his Edward’s mother, what a tricky creature he can be”.
This comfort and dedication have been a major support for the Queen in recent days.
She was trusted to make the first public comments about Philip’s passing and was seen repeatedly visited Windsor Castle.
She also provided a photograph of the Queen and the Duke at Balmoral that the Queen chose to share with the world as a tribute to her late husband.
Sophie was also trusted to carry out a public engagement last week when she joined her husband and daughter in viewing the flowers left in Windsor by the public, which had been gathered and taken into the Lower Ward of the castle.
According to the Telegraph, a royal source said: “Over the past 12 months or so the Countess has started to become more in the public eye.
“She has always carried out a large number of engagements, so I’m not sure there has been a conscious decision by the Palace to push things, but it’s true that people have started to notice her more.”
The Countess herself has made clear she is happy to increase her workload.
Last year, she said: “I think we’ll all be busy post this virus.
“There will be many people affected who are going to need a lot of support.”
With the departure of Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, from royal life, as well as the retreat of the scandal-enshrouded Prince Andrew, there is a hole left in the establishment of working royals.
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, is also expected to increase his public profile as he prepares to take on the title Duke of Edinburgh when the Prince of Wales becomes king.
Edward and Sophie were married in 1999 and have served the Queen quietly ever since.
The couple have two children – Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.
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