Prince Edward’s wife, Sophie, stepped out of the shadows of lesser royalty and revealed herself as the “royal rock” of Queen Elizabeth.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 56, is married to the queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward, 57, and royals say she shares a close bond with Her Majesty.
“The Queen trusts her and trusts her in a way that she couldn’t say applies to the Duchess of Cambridge or the Duchess of Cornwall,” a source told the UK Express. “She is like another daughter of Her Majesty, they are that close.”
One courtier explained: “If you ask who is His Majesty’s favorite son, it is none of them, it is his daughter-in-law.
It is said that the queen often asks her daughter-in-law to accompany her in the car before attending church, as she “finds Sophie’s presence comforting.”
Sophie was the first family member to speak publicly about the death of her father-in-law, Prince Philip. At a special church service honoring the Duke of Edinburgh, Sophie excitedly described her final moments.
“It was good for him. It was so nice, ”he said. “It was as if someone took him by the hand and walked away. Very very peaceful, and that’s all you want for someone, isn’t it?
Prince Edward began dating Sophie Rhys-Jones, who grew up in a middle-class family, in 1994. His father is a retired sales director for a tire and rubber company and his mother was a secretary and charity worker. Her godfather is actor Thane Bettany, her father’s stepbrother and the father of “WandaVision” actor Paul Bettany.
Sophie’s career before royalty was in public relations, which is how she met Prince Edward. The two began dating in 1993 and were married in June 1999.
But, like many members of the royal family, he has not been immune from scandal. In 2001, it was created by a tabloid journalist posing as an Arab sheikh who was allegedly courting his public relations firm. In their secretly recorded conversation, Sophie called then-Prime Minister Tony Blair’s wife, Cherie, “absolutely horrible, horrible, horrible.”
The following year, it was announced that Sophie would be leaving her “day job” to focus more on royal activities and social engagements.
Sophie and Edward’s path to parenthood was not easy. In 2001, it was discovered that Sophie was suffering from a life-threatening ectopic pregnancy that required emergency surgery. Two years later, she became a mother when she gave birth to her daughter Louise prematurely via an emergency cesarean section after a placental abruption, which resulted in severe blood loss to both mother and baby.
Due to preterm labor, Louise was born with esotropia, an eye condition in which one or both eyes turn inward. He underwent two operations to repair the problem. In 2007, Sophie gave birth to her son James, Viscount Severn, who at age 13 was the youngest attendant at his grandfather’s funeral on Saturday.
Sophie is clearly not a diva – in a 2012 cost-cutting measure, her police protective gear was cut back to full-time and is now only worn when in actual service. Edward was said to be livid by the decision, but his wife was happy about it.
A friend told The Sun: “She preferred not to have a 24-hour police presence. It meant that he could pick up the kids from school on his own, without any problem. “
Sophie and Edward’s children do not have royal titles. They could have been awarded the titles of Princess and Prince, but their parents decided otherwise.
“We try to raise them with the understanding that they will most likely have to work for a living,” Sophie told the Sunday Times. “That is why we made the decision not to use RHS titles. They have them and can decide to use them from [when they turn] 18, but it is highly unlikely. “
“They go to a normal school,” Sophie continued. “They go with friends to sleepovers and parties. On weekends, we walk a lot of dogs and stay with friends. I guess not all grandparents live in a castle, but where you go is not the important part, nor who they are. When they are with the Queen, she is their grandmother ”.
Louise is said to be one of the Queen’s favorites, and Prince Philip also had a close bond with her granddaughter. They both adored carriage riding, and Prince Philip is reported to have left Lady Windsor with two of his ponies and his Notlaw Storm, the four-wheeled carriage seen during the televised funeral last Saturday.