Queen Sophie’s daughter-in-law, 56, was reportedly encouraged by the monarch to fill the void left by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after their move to the United States in early 2020.
“The queen is very cunning. And she has always loved Sophie very much, ”Ingrid Seward told The Times newspaper.
“Prince Philip adored Sophie, and the Queen thinks it’s time to push her, just gently. ‘Give interviews, do stuff. You work very hard, no one is paying attention. Get out! ‘. I can see her say that.
“That’s what Prince Philip would have wanted, and now he’s gone, doing what he wanted to keep his memory alive. I think he really wished that Edward and Sophie were a bit more prominent. “
The Countess’s connection to Prince Philip was laid bare when the royal collapsed crying as she spoke about her death in a BBC interview.
Sophie, mother of Lady Louise Windsor, 17, and James, Viscount Severn, 13, said the Duke’s death left a ‘giant hole in our lives’ during an interview with Naga Munchetty at St James’s Palace .
It comes after royal expert Duncan Larcombe claimed the Countess of Wessex became the Queen’s ‘rock’ after the death of Prince Philip.
He told The Sun: “Sophie Wessex has become the unlikely ‘rock’ of the Queen as the monarch adjusts to life without Prince Philip.
“Prince Edward’s wife has – sources said – 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 of her home from Bagshot Park to Windsor Castle every few days and most weekends to spend socially remote time with Her Majesty. “