Sophie Wessex is an ‘incredible source of comfort’ for the Queen and Kate Middleton | Royal | News (Reports)

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Sophie Wessex is married to Prince Edward, the youngest son of the Queen and Prince Philip, and carries out hundreds of royal engagements each year. Since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stood down as senior members of the Royal Family, the Countess has been given an opportunity “to shine” and carve a new role for herself, according to a royal expert.

Royal expert Rebecca English has said Megxit provided an opportunity for Sophie Wessex to stand out.

She told Mail Plus Palace Confidential: “They view it as an opportunity for her star to shine.

“And rightly so, she has been doing some really powerful work behind the scenes for a long time, particularly, over sexual violence against women.

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“She brings a lot to the table, and she is an incredible source of comfort and support to the Queen.

“And also, actually to the Duchess of Cambridge – they have developed a really good friendship, there, which is something that I think will stand Kate in great stead moving forwards as a future Princess of Wales and as a future Queen.

“And I think Sophie will be there as a small, still voice of calm.”

Royal author Angela Levin has made similar comments and thinks Sophie will take on a larger role in the wake of Meghan and Harry’s departure from the Royal Family.

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She told the website: “I think she has smartened up her act some years ago – she looks very smart now.

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Sophie has joined the Queen’s “New Firm” of eight senior royals, which was unveiled in December last year.

The other members of the Royal Family include Sophie’s husband, Prince Edward, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Anne and the Queen.

The group gathered, socially distanced, outside Windsor Castle to thank local volunteers and key workers.

They were all photographed standing apart on the steps of the Monarch’s Berkshire residence.

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The Queen hopes this new group of senior royals will carry out joint engagements when they are able to and coronavirus restrictions have eased.

A royal source told the Mirror: “The family are united in exploring the possibilities in working with each other to highlight the causes dear to their hearts, helping each other and the country at the same time.

“They are working on opportunities for next year and beyond already. As soon as they are able it will be all hands on deck to make up for lost time.

“The Queen has often said they ‘need to be see

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