Mr Dampier said: “In the absence of Prince Harry and Prince Andrew, Sophie Countess of Wessex has been stepping up to the plate and making a much bigger contribution on the royal scene.”
Where she was once relegated to the back burner, Sophie has now become an essential part of the Royal Family’s new look.
Mr Dampier added: “I think Sophie was always willing to take a bigger role, but she was overshadowed by more senior royals. But now her time has come.”
Mr Dampier also noted Sophie is loved by royal onlookers and members of the family, even overshadowing Prince Edward at times.