The Countess of Wessex became the Queen’s ‘rock’ after the death of Prince Philip by “phoning at least once a day and making sure she is fully supported,” a royal expert has claimed.
Her Majesty’s 56-year-old daughter-in-law has often been considered the monarch’s “favorite” family member and his closest confidante.
Following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh on April 9, Prince Edward’s wife has been a pillar of support for the Queen, according to royal commentator Duncan Larcombe.
He told The Sun: “Sophie Wessex has become the unlikely ‘rock’ of the Queen as the monarch adjusts to life without Prince Philip.
The Countess of Wessex (pictured with the monarch in 2019) became the Queen’s ‘rock’ after Prince Philip’s death by ‘phoning at least once a day and making sure she is fully supported’, said affirmed a royal expert
According to sources, Prince Edward’s wife has made it her personal mission to ensure that Her Majesty is fully supported by the family.
“Since the Duke’s death in April, Sophie has walked the 10 miles from her home from Bagshot Park to Windsor Castle every few days and most weekends to spend time with Her Majesty at a social distance. “
For the days when she can’t make it to see the Queen in person, the Countess “made a point of calling her mother-in-law at least once a day”.
Sophie, who is the mother of Lady Louise Windsor, 17, and her son James, Viscount Severn, 13, told the Telegraph how these visits during the lockdown involved the Queen standing on a 20-foot-high balcony and greeting.
Sophie has been previously reported to be one of four loyal, low-key and ‘utterly trustworthy’ women in the Queen’s inner circle who provide crucial support as she faces life without her well- beloved Prince Philip, who died on April 9 at the age of 99.
Her Majesty’s daughter-in-law (pictured with the Queen in 2019), 56, has often been considered the monarch’s ‘favorite’ family member and his closest confidante
“Sophie is like another daughter of the Queen, they are so close,” a royal source said. “She is trustworthy and relied on like few others. “
The couple are said to speak at least once a day and enjoy the regular Saturday “movie afternoons” when they watch old movies together.
Mr Larcombe’s remarks follow reports the Queen ‘thought calmly and privately remembered’ Prince Philip on what would have been her husband’s 100th birthday yesterday.
The monarch, 95, earlier this week paid a touching tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, who died at the age of 99 on April 9, by planting a special rose in the garden of his home in Windsor Castle.
Sources from Palaces have now revealed how the Queen, who is expected to have a busy weekend welcoming US President Joe Biden and his wife Dr Jill for tea, had no engagement yesterday and instead spent the day in private.
Royal insiders told Vanity Fair’s Katie Nicholl that Her Majesty was visited by Prince Andrew and the Wessexes on this poignant occasion.