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’, a royal expert has claimed.
Her Majesty’s daughter-in-law Sophie, 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.
The Countess of Wessex (pictured with the monarch in 2019) has become the Queen’s ‘rock’ after Prince Philip’s death by ‘phoning at least once a day and ensuring she is fully supported’, a royal expert has claimed
‘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’.
Sophie, who is mother to 17-year-old Lady Louise Windsor and son James, Viscount Severn, 13, explained to the Telegraph how these visits during lockdown involved the Queen standing on a 20ft high balcony and waving down.
It was previously reported that Sophie is one of four loyal, discreet and ‘utterly trustworthy’ women of the Queen’s inner circle who are offering crucial support as she faces life without her beloved Prince Philip, who died on April 9, aged 99.
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
‘Sophie is like another daughter to the Queen, they are that close,’ said a royal source. ‘She is trusted and relied on like few others.’
The pair are said to speak at least once a day and enjoy regular Saturday ‘movie afternoons’ when they watch old films together.
Mr Larcombe’s remarks follow reports that the Queen ‘quietly reflected 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 aged 99 on April 9, by planting a special rose in the garden of her home of Windsor Castle.
Palaces sources have now revealed how the Queen, who is set to have a busy weekend hosting US President Joe Biden and his wife Dr Jill for tea, didn’t have any engagements yesterday and instead spent the day privately.
Royal insiders told Vanity Fair‘s Katie Nicholl Her Majesty was visited by Prince Andrew and the Wessexes on the poignant occasion.