Sophie Wessex is the royal family’s ‘secret weapon’ thanks to her ‘down to earth’ nature and quiet approach to her duties, royal editor claims – but she is NOT afraid to say what she thinks
- Countess of Wessex, 55, is the Firm’s ‘secret weapon’ and the Queen’s ‘favourite’
- Amanda Pullinger, CEO of 100 Women in Finance told of experiences with royal
- Says while the royal ‘really is down to earth’, the mother is not ‘nicey nicey’
The Countess of Wessex has been hailed as the royal family’s ‘secret weapon’ at a time of turmoil.
Writing for Town & Country, royal journalist and author Victoria Murphy told how Sophie, wife of Prince Edward, the Queen’s youngest son, has become a stalwart member of the royal family thanks to her down to earth nature and quietly assured approach to her royal duties.
‘Her work does not regularly receive the kind of media attention that the younger royals command, but Sophie, now 55, has become a stalwart member of the “firm”,’ Murphy wrote, adding: ‘The spotlight on Sophie has intensified in the vacuum left as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle step back.’
Meanwhile people who have worked with the Countess of Wessex on a professional level told Murphy that they admired her ability to say what she thinks while still remaining polite.
The Countess of Wessex has been hailed the ‘secret weapon’ of the royal family, and is ‘down to earth’ but not afraid to tell people if she disagrees with them. She is pictured with the Earl of Sussex at the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey
Sophie is recognised to be the Queen’s favourite royal, and Nash agreed the Her Majesty is ‘particularly fond of her. She is pictured with Queen Elizabeth at Royal Ascot in 2019
Amanda Pullinger, CEO of 100 Women in Finance, insisted Sophie ‘really is down to earth’. She said: ‘She actually presents herself as an ordinary person and I think that is increasingly what the royal family needs to do.
‘It’s interesting—she’s not nicey nicey. Of course she’s polite, but she’ll tell you what she thinks. If she disagrees she’ll say, and she’s done it to me a number of times. ‘
Sophie lives at Bagshot Park in Surrey, with Edward and their two children James, Viscount Severn, 12, and Lady Louise Windsor, 16.
She is recognised to be the Queen’s favourite royal, and Nash agreed the Her Majesty is ‘particularly fond of her’.
It is often Sophie who’s picked to travel with the Queen when she is attending church services at either Sandringham or Balmoral. They are pictured arriving at St Mary Magdalene Church at Sandringham last year
It is believed that the mother is now seen by the Queen as the Royal Family’s safest pair of hands, because her marriage to Prince Edward has lasted. The pair are pictured at a reception at Buckingham Palace in 2019
It is often Sophie who’s picked to travel with the Queen when she is attending church services at either Sandringham or Balmoral.
She wins the coveted spot as the monarch ‘finds her presence soothing’ and likes to be ‘completely calm before church’.
It is believed that the mother is now seen by the Queen as the Royal Family’s safest pair of hands, because her marriage to Prince Edward has lasted, while Charles, Anne and Andrew have all been divorced.
Pictured, Countess of Wessex, James Viscount Severn and Prince Edward Trooping the Colour ceremony in London on 08 June 2019
The Queen and Sophie’s close bond is said to be down to their similar interests, with the pair often spending Saturday or Sunday evenings together at Windsor, watching old war films and historical documentaries.
Sophie, who was brought up in Kent by a tyre company executive father and a secretary mother, is even thought to have convinced the Queen to watch The Crown – suggesting she might enjoy the Netflix series which is based on her reign.
She is patron of more than 70 organizations, focusing largely on the rights of women and girls across the world.
The publication points out, that on International Women’s Day 2019 Sophie stood up in Buckingham Palace and vowed to devote herself to championing and supporting women peace-builders and the victims of sexual violence in conflict.
On International Women’s Day 2019 Sophie stood up in Buckingham Palace and vowed to devote herself to championing and supporting women peace-builders and the victims of sexual violence in conflict
In a passionate speech at Buckingham Palace Sophie said she was ‘drawn’ to help place women and girls at the heart of ‘resolution’ conflict and would ‘make this a central pillar of my work in the coming months and years.’
Addressing an audience of key figures in women’s peacebuilding from around the world, include representatives from government, NGOs, charities and academia, she said: ‘Good afternoon and may I begin by wishing you all a happy International Women’s Day.
Sophie’s current royal reputation is a far cry from the turmoil that followed the countess early on in her marriage, when she was still running her own public relations consultancy.
A ‘royals for hire’ storm was sparked after she posed beside a Rover 75 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, having secured a £250,000 contract to publicise it.
The Countess of Wessex (pictured), who was recorded by her daughter Lady Louise, can be heard highlighting some welcome advice and support as this new period begins
But Sophie’s determination saw her take on full-time royal duties, and embrace rural pursuits beloved by the royals, such as riding, fishing, shooting game and carriage driving.
Now, like other members of the Firm, Sophie is embracing working remotely, and last month highlighted some useful resources to help support and offer advice to those who are looking after their children at home amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In the short video recorded by her daughter Lady Louise shared on the Royal Family Instagram account can be heard saying: ‘For parents and carers, it can be a daunting time to help our children and young people through this period of uncertainty but please don’t feel alone.
‘Make use of the resources out there and the fantastic digital communities that are sharing and supporting them. Stay safe and thinking of you all.‘
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