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Sophie Wessex being in the spotlight is what Prince Philip ‘would have wanted’ and helps to ‘keep his memory alive,’ royal author claims

  • Sophie Wessex, 56, was ‘adored’ by Prince Philip, royal author has claimed 
  • Added Queen feels like it’s time to ‘push her, just gently’ into the spotlight 
  • Noted Sophie doing what Prince Philip would’ve wanted ‘keeps memory alive’ 

The Countess of Wessex being in the spotlight is what Prince Philip ‘would have wanted’ and helps to ‘keep his memory alive,’ a royal author has claimed.

Her Majesty’s daughter-in-law Sophie, 56, has often been noted as the monarch’s ‘favourite’ family member and closest confidante and has reportedly been encouraged by the monarch to fill the gap left by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle following Megxit at the start of 2020. 

The Queen is very canny. And she has always been very fond of Sophie,’ Ingrid Seward said, speaking to The Times

‘Prince Philip adored Sophie, and the Queen feels that now is the moment to push her, just gently. “Give some interviews, do some stuff. You work very hard, no one takes any notice. Get out there!” I can see her saying that.

The Countess of Wessex being in the spotlight is what beloved Prince Philip 'would have wanted,' a royal author has claimed. Pictured, speaking before leaving the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh at the start of a 450 mile cycle ride to Buckingham Palace in London

The Countess of Wessex being in the spotlight is what beloved Prince Philip 'would have wanted,' a royal author has claimed. Pictured, speaking before leaving the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh at the start of a 450 mile cycle ride to Buckingham Palace in London

The Countess of Wessex being in the spotlight is what beloved Prince Philip ‘would have wanted,’ a royal author has claimed. Pictured, speaking before leaving the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh at the start of a 450 mile cycle ride to Buckingham Palace in London

Her Majesty and Sophie attend day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2019 in Ascot

Her Majesty and Sophie attend day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2019 in Ascot

Her Majesty and Sophie attend day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2019 in Ascot

‘It’s what Prince Philip would have wanted, and now he is gone, doing what he would have wanted keeps his memory alive. I think he would have really liked Edward and Sophie to be a bit more high profile.’ 

The Countess and Prince Philip’s special bond was highlighted further when the royal broke down in tears as she opened up about his death during an emotional BBC interview.

Sophie, who is mother to 17-year-old Lady Louise Windsor and son James, Viscount Severn, 13, said the Duke of Edinburgh’s passing on April 9 had left a ‘giant-sized hole in our lives’ during an interview with Naga Munchetty at St James’s Palace.

The 56-year-old, who is married to Prince Edward, choked up as she recalled taking a photograph of the Queen and her husband in Scotland in 2003. 

The Countess and Prince Philip's special bond was highlighted further when the royal broke down in tears as she opened up about his death during an emotional BBC interview. Pictured, at Prince Philip's funeral

The Countess and Prince Philip's special bond was highlighted further when the royal broke down in tears as she opened up about his death during an emotional BBC interview. Pictured, at Prince Philip's funeral

The Countess and Prince Philip’s special bond was highlighted further when the royal broke down in tears as she opened up about his death during an emotional BBC interview. Pictured, at Prince Philip’s funeral

The picture, taken on top of the Coyles of Muick near Balmoral, was only released by Her Majesty after Prince Philip died and was her favourite.

In an emotional and wide-ranging interview, Sophie admitted the grieving process was going to take ‘a lot longer’ due to the pandemic.

She also told the heartwarming story of Philip ‘chatting away’ with her daughter Louise about carriage-driving and how ‘he was so pleased she took up the sport’.

It comes after royal expert Duncan Larcombe claimed the Countess of Wessex has become the Queen’s ‘rock’ after Prince Philip’s death by ‘phoning at least once a day and ensuring she is fully supported. 

Her Majesty's daughter-in-law Sophie (pictured with the Queen in 2019), 56, has often been noted as the monarch's 'favourite' family member and closest confidante

Her Majesty's daughter-in-law Sophie (pictured with the Queen in 2019), 56, has often been noted as the monarch's 'favourite' family member and closest confidante

Her Majesty’s daughter-in-law Sophie (pictured with the Queen in 2019), 56, has often been noted as the monarch’s ‘favourite’ family member and closest confidante

He told The Sun: ‘Sophie Wessex has emerged as the Queen’s unlikely ‘rock’ as the monarch adjusts to life without Prince Philip.

‘Prince Edward’s wife has – according to sources – made it her personal mission to ensure Her Majesty is fully supported by the family.

‘Since the Duke’s death in April, Sophie has driven the 10 miles from her Bagshot Park home to Windsor Castle every few days and most weekends to spend socially-distanced time with Her Majesty.’

For the days she can’t make it to see the Queen in person, the Countess ‘has made a point of calling her mother-in-law at least once a day’. 

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