SOPHIE WESSEX is often regarded as one of the closest Royal Family members to the Queen – but what is the surprising reason the Queen has a special bond with Sophie?
Sophie, Countess of Wessex has been busy during lockdown, taking part in volunteering efforts and supporting key workers. This past week Sophie even took the time to visit the Half Moon pub in Windlesham, Surrey, just a short distance from her residence at Bagshot Park to meet with members of the local Women’s Institute.
Pubs have only just been able to reopen after more than three months of closure in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
During Sophie’s visit, the group spoke about how much time they have spent on video calls, in particular, Zoom.
Zoom has grown in popularity during lockdown, with families and friends using the application to keep in touch virtually.
Sophie quipped how she wished she “had bought shares in it.”
Queen Elizabeth II news: The Queen and Sophie Wessex have a close relationship (Image: PA)
The Countess has also been spotted volunteering during lockdown, helping out a a charity shop, making food packs for the NHS and speaking with key workers.
Sophie is setting a good precedent for the Royal Family, continuing to work during lockdown.
Her hard work may be gratefully appreciated in the firm, who are down three senior royals after Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Prince Andrew stepped back from royal duties.
One royal who may value Sophie’s work in particular is the Queen, who is said to have a rather close bond with her daughter in law.
Queen Elizabeth II news: Sophie visited her local pub last week as venues reopened (Image: PA)
Queen Elizabeth II news: The Queen is said to enjoy Sophie’s company (Image: PA)
Sophie is married to the Queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and has been since 1999.
A source close to the royals told the Sun the close relationship between the Queen and Sophie is down to the shared importance both place on religion.
The Queen reportedly often ask Sophie to accompany her in the car on their way to church on Sundays.
She is said to particularly enjoy her daughter-in-law’s presence at the time.
The insider said: “The Queen likes to be completely calm before church and she finds Sophie’s presence soothing.”
A royal aide told the Daily Mail of Sophie: “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.
“[Sophie] is like another daughter to Her Majesty, they are that close.
“She talks to Sophie in the way she used to talk to Princess Margaret. Sophie has filled a terrible gap in the queen’s life that was left when her sister and Queen Mother died in 2002.”
Queen Elizabeth II news: Sophie is often chosen to accompany the Queen to church (Image: PA)
When Sophie married Edward she opted not to become a working royal, and instead continued with her career in public relations.
However, of late Sophie has picked up more and more royal duties and also supports the Queen by her at events in the UK and abroad.
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”.
Sophie and Edward married on June 19, 1999 at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
The couple have two children, Lady Louise Windsor, 16, and James, Viscount Severn, 12.
Asked if her children had a “normal” upbringing in an interview with the Sunday Times Magazine, Sophie said: “What’s normal? They go to a regular school [they both attend top independent schools].
“They go to friends for sleepovers and parties.
“At weekends we do lots of dog walking and stay with friends.
“I guess not everyone’s grandparents live in a castle, but where you are going is not the important part, or who they are.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK