SOPHIE, COUNTESS OF WESSEX is a hardworking member of the Royal Family. But the popular Countess was recently targeted in a scathing on-air attack by a radio host.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 55, is said to be the Queen’s favourite daughter-in-law. The dedicated royal is married to Prince Edward and represents the Queen on a regular basis. The Countess is not one to shirk royal duty and even put her birthday celebrations aside to help with a reception at Buckingham Palace.
However, Sophie was recently targeted in scathing on-air rant by Talkradio host Mike Graham.
Mr Graham was questioning the custom of Government buildings flying the Union Flag on Royal Family members’ birthdays and other key anniversaries.
The tradition has come under scrutiny amid the ongoing scandal surrounding Prince Andrew.
The Duke of York will turn 60 later this month but Downing Street has confirmed the flag will not be flown on his birthday during his withdrawal from royal duties for “the foreseeable future.”
Sophie Wessex snub: How dedicated royal savaged by radio host in scathing attack` (Image: GETTY)
Sophie Wessex snub: Sophie is said to be the Queen’s favourite (Image: GETTY)
The Duke stepped back after he gave an ill-judged interview about his links to deceased paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
Following the Duke’s withdrawal, the scandal surrounding his friendship with Epstein has refused to go away and continues to tarnish his public image.
According to the Royal Family’s website, the Union Jack is flown on Government buildings to mark birthdays and other key dates.
The website states: “The Union Flag is flown on Government buildings on days marking the birthdays of members of the Royal Family, Commonwealth Day, Coronation Day, The Queen’s official birthday, Remembrance Day and on the days of the State Opening and prorogation of Parliament.”
Sophie Wessex snub: Sophie represents the Queen on a regular basis (Image: GETTY)
Questioning this custom on his show, Mr Graham said: “If we did a straight survey of our listeners right now ‘do you think we should be flying the flag for Prince Andrew’s birthday?’ I don’t think anyone would say yes.
He added: ”Birthday of the Duchess of Cambridge, heir to the throne’s wife? I suppose you might think about that.”
But Mr Graham was withering towards the Countess of Wessex when he said: “The Countess of Wessex, that’s Prince Edward’s wife, why are we flying a flag for her?”
He continued: “St David’s Day in Wales only, I don’t know why you would fly the union flag in Wales on St David’s day – Surely you would fly the Welsh flag?
“Commonwealth Day the second Monday of March.”
He went on: “St Patrick’s Day. Why would you fly the Union Jack in Belfast of all places on St Patrick’s Day? That seems to be a bad idea.”
The Talkradio host went on to say flying the flag on the Queen’s birthday and St George’s Day was “fine.”
Sophie, Countess of Wessex has seemed to step up her royal duties in the wake of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s royal withdrawal.
As well as stepping in to support Prince William and Kate give a reception for African Business leaders at Buckingham Palace on January 20, she made a key trip abroad just days later.
Sophie Wessex snub: Sophie supported Kate and Wills at a Buckingham Palace reception on her birthday (Image: GETTY)
The Countess jetted off to Sierra Leone where she represented the Queen during a two-day trip.
The visit was to raise awareness around female empowerment in the nation and she met with community leaders and activists working to tackle gender-based issues.
Sophie and Prince Edward are the youngest working royal couple after Kate and Prince William, now that Meghan and Harry have relinquished their roles.
The Wessex’s are considered to be a likely choice to take over some of Meghan and Harry’s royal duties in future.
The Queen is said to greatly trust Sophie who she often invites to sit next to her for the car ride to church in Sandringham.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK