Sophie, the Countess of Wessex has long been believed to be one of the closest supporters of the Queen thanks to her “very sensitive” approach to her duty. The senior member of the Royal Family has been conducting a large amount of engagements since joining the Firm in 1999. And her “quiet” yet steady commitment to her charitable work is said to have won her over the full backing of Her Majesty.
Former press secretary to the Queen Dickie Arbiter told Channel 5’s ‘Edward and Sophie: The Reluctant Royal’ a key to Sophie’s success is her focus to make her patronages succeed.
Mr Arbiter said: “She works very quietly behind the scenes, with her charities.
“She gets things done. Sophie is very, very sensible when it comes to that.”
According to royal commentator Rebecca English, the Queen is not the only one to consider the Countess of Wessex a key weapon to the monarchy and the UK because of her hard work both in the country and abroad.
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Ms English said: “One senior Whitehall source told me how invaluable Sophie’s work has been in this field.
“They described her sense of empathy when talking to victims and have said she really has made it a cornerstone of her public work to find out how she can amplify their voices on the international stage.”
Sophie has taken on several patronages since 1999 but she has paid particular attention to raise awareness about gender-based violence.
Christina Lamb, foreign correspondent for day Times, argued the Countess had shown a commitment to charitable work similar to the one previously shown by Princess Diana.
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During the lockdown, Sophie joined forces with other senior members of the family to boost morale through a series of online engagements.
Alongside Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, the Countess of Wessex took part in multiple phone calls to surprise nurses across the Commonwealth and celebrate International Nurses’ Day.
As restrictions began to be eased in May, Sophie was quick to resume her public duties as she visited a pub near her Bagshot home to discuss the challenges facing the hospitality business and the local chapter of the Women’s Institue.
And on Thursday she paid a visit to Vauxhall City Farm alongise Prince Edward to mark the start of Black History Month.