Meet Sophie, Countess of Wessex, the Queen’s closest confidante

The mother of two, 57, is Her Majesty's 'unlikely rock'

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and her husband Prince Edward

by Samuel Fishwick |

Sophie, Countess of Wessex has the elegance of an English rose — and it was on full display as she visited the Royal Chelsea Flower Show with her husband Prince Edward.

Sophie, 57, sported a pale pink pastel trouser suit as she visited the event in London today, pairing her ensemble with brown wedges and a matching handbag — a far cry from the days when the Royal was considered the ‘invisible woman’.

For years Sophie Wessex diligently carried out scores of engagements, often as many as the Duke of Cambridge if not more, without so much as the wink of a nod of appreciation from the masses. But since Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and her husband Harry left for Los Angeles, that void has been ably plugged by the stately Countess.

There was a wide-ranging, hour-long interview with Naga Munchetty on BBC Radio 5 Live last June. Weeks before that there was an eight-page magazine interview with her and her husband — the Queen’s fourth child — in The Daily Telegraph. Before that there was The Sunday Times.

And she’s a Firm favourite with the Queen. Sophie and Prince Edward live at Bagshot Park in Windsor and their children – James, Viscount Severn, 11, and Lady Louise Windsor, 15 – are schooled nearby. At one point, as Grazia revealed at the time, she had been lined up by Ma’am to mentor Meghan.

‘The Queen likes the idea of Sophie being an unofficial mentor to Meghan,’ says a family friend. ‘Sophie is often at Windsor taking the kids riding on the Queen’s horses and playing at the castle. It’s a quiet lifestyle, very much the kind Harry and Meghan want for their little one.’

It was not to be. But Sophie Wessex’s star has risen in the royal firmament. Speaking to The Sun, royal commentator Duncan Larcombe explained that, “Sophie Wessex has emerged as the Queen’s unlikely ‘rock’ as the monarch adjusts to life without Prince Philip. Prince Edward’s wife has—according to sources—made it her personal mission to ensure Her Majesty is fully supported by the family.”

Larcombe went on to highlight that “Since the Duke’s death in April, Sophie has driven the 10 miles from her Bagshot Park home to Windsor Castle every few days and most weekends to spend socially-distanced time with Her Majesty. And on days she can’t get there in person, the Duchess of Wessex has made a point of calling her mother-in-law at least once a day.”

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