Queen turns to Sophie, Countess of Wessex to get out of the shadows


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Countess Wessex is trusted by the Queen-Mark Cuthbert / UK Press

She is said to be the Queen’s favorite daughter-in-law, and now the monarch prepares to rely on Countess Wessex to fill the gap left by the Duke of Sussex and the Duchess in carrying out royal missions. Is done.

The 56-year-old Countess was one of the most prominent members of the royal family for several days after the death of Prince Edinburgh.

She made First public comment on his death, He repeatedly visited Windsor Castle and provided photos of the Queen and Duke of Balmoral. This is what His Majesty chose to share with the world as a homage to his deceased husband.

The withdrawal of the Duke of Sussex and the Duchess of Sussex from the United Kingdom and the effective retirement of the Duke of York left a large hole in the roster of royal members available to carry out their duties, leaving the Countess to take a step forward. From the shadow of the year since “Megxit”.

Her husband, Count Wessex, 57, is also expected to raise his profile. When he is preparing to take the title of Duke of Edinburgh When Prince of Wales, who automatically inherited the title from his father, became king.

Countess Wessex took this photo of the Queen and Prince Edinburgh at the top of Mook's Coil in 2003-Countess Wessex

Countess Wessex took this photo of the Queen and Prince Edinburgh at the top of Mook’s Coil in 2003-Countess Wessex

The future roles of Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie also need to be decided within the next few months.

A princess who prefers to keep up with her tremendous number of royal promises away from the spotlight may also be asked to carry out more public-facing missions.

She now likes to be the new commander of the Royal Marines. This is the coveted role given to Prince Harry by Prince Edinburgh. Prince Harry was forced to abandon his military title last month after confirming that he would not return to the royal family. Obligation.

A royal source said:

“She has always had so many engagements that I don’t know if there was a palace’s conscious decision to push things forward, but it’s true that people are beginning to notice her more.”

The Countess revealed that she was pleased to increase her workload. Last year she said: Many people in need of much help will be affected. “

The level of trust the Queen gave her was reflected in the fact that she was authorized to speak to the media about how the sovereign was dealing with the day after the death of Prince Edinburgh.

The next day, she followed up by explaining Duke’s last moment, visiting Windsor regularly to comfort the Queen from her home in Bagshot Park, about 16 kilometers away.

Along with Prince Edward and his eldest son, Lady Louise Windsor, the Countess was engaged last week when she saw the flowers left by the general public in Windsor, gathered in the lower part of the castle. The we.

During the Duke’s funeral, the Countess was given the top position, almost on the other side of the Queen, closer to the monarch than her husband’s Count.

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The Countess, who married Prince Edward in 1999, has served the Queen faithfully and quietly for the past two decades. After getting caught up in the tabloids, making unpleasant comments about politicians, and talking openly about the royal family, she had to rebuild her reputation. In 2001 she still ran her own public relations company.

In 2019, last year before Covid’s restrictions were applied, the Countess carried out 236 engagements. This was more than the Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Edward carried out 308 engagements.

In the same year, the Duke of York engaged 274 engagements, and the Duke of Sussex and the Duchess engaged 284 engagements.

The absence of the Duke of York and Sussex made a relatively small difference during the years of Covid’s blockade, but the fact that he performed more than 550 engagements between them in 2019 is now blocked by others. A member of the royal family showing the size of the hole that must be removed.

The Duke of Edinburgh was involved in 743 organizations as a patron, president, and honorary member when he died. The Duke of Sussex and the Duchess, on the other hand, had 19 patrons, and the Duchess had three ceremonial military titles.

All of them must be reassigned to another member of the royal family or allowed to drop out.

The Duke of York has 151 supporters, allowing him to maintain them if there is no realistic prospect of returning to public service after a scandal over friendship with pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. You need to make a decision as to whether or not.

Prince Andu said he always wanted his daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie to be given a more prominent public role, and royal sources were not excluded, but they were core. Not expected to become a royal family.