SOPHIE, COUNTESS OF WESSEX is a full-time working member of the Royal Family. Since becoming a royal, a body language expert claims she has grown close to the Queen.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 55, married her husband Prince Edward, 56, in June 1999. As a working royal, she is often seen with her mother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth II. Their body language could give a glimpse into their relationship.
Sophie is thought to have a lot in common with the Queen, from shared hobbies to living near each other.
It is also thought Sophie has stepped in to support the monarch at events since Prince Philip retired in 2017.
However, body language expert Judi James explained their close relationship was not always obvious.
When Sophie married Prince Edward, there was speculation on how she would be received in the family.
Sophie Countess of Wessex: She is thought to be close with the Queen (Image: GETTY)
The expert told Express.co.uk: “When Sophie married Edward she was hailed as the new Diana.
“However, what followed looked like a masterclass in hunkering in as the soap-opera-free royal bride who managed to be a stabilising influence on her husband while keeping press and royal fan attention to a minimum.”
When Sophie joined the family, Judi explained she seemed to handle royal life well.
The mother-of-two kept a low-profile while also serving the monarch as a full-time royal.
Her attitude towards royal life could have been a turning point in her relationship with the Queen.
When the royal ladies appear out together, they seem comfortable in each other’s company, Judi continued.
“The Queen’s body language with Sophie suggests her daughter-in-law is a bit of a confidante,” she said.
“Sophie’s relaxed, constantly calm and upbeat demeanour seems to allow the Queen to relax more in her company, too.
Sophie Countess of Wessex: Sophie is a full-time working royal (Image: GETTY)
“Sophie always looks like the ‘no fuss’ royal and her long-term marriage to the royal prince who once seemed the least likely to settle down after some fickle career choices suggests she’s a great stabilising influence and might make the perfect royal mentor.”
Analysing her body language, Judi also explained Sophie shows similarities to both laid-back royals and the Queen.
Possessing some of the same qualities as the Queen may have helped their bond grow.
Judi said: “Sophie is a close ally of her mother-in-law the Queen.
Sophie Countess of Wessex: She will regularly appear with the Queen (Image: GETTY)
Sophie Countess of Wessex: She became part of the Royal Family when she married Prince Edward (Image: EXPRESS)
“In terms of her body language she tends to blend some of the signals of the kind of laid-back calm and fun that we get from Zara with the stoic, deft formality of the Queen herself.”
Sophie and the Queen live near each other, both being based in and around Windsor.
In the past, it has been reported Sophie and the Queen would regularly spend time together in their homes.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK