Sophie Countess of Wessex 'leader' as Edward is 'waiting for instructions' from his wife

Images of the family together were posted on the Royal Family Instagram account. Sophie Countess of Wessex looked stunning in a casual look, wearing a pair of blue jeans and a pink sweater top.

Images were posted with the caption: “The Earl and Countess of Wessex with their children Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn on Southsea Beach for the Great British Beach Clean earlier today.

“The family joined Southsea Beachwatch volunteers litter-picking and recording items found for a beach survey.

“The Great British Beach Clean is run annually by the Marine Conservation Society. This year, people are encouraged to run their own small, local beach clean with friends, family or ‘bubbles’, in line with current Government guidelines.”

A body language expert analysed the images for Express.co.uk.

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However, Judi added: “It’s Sophie he keeps eye-checking as though waiting for instructions.”

The expert claimed: “His puckered, skewed smile as he studies the paperwork suggests he’s having fun but might not be totally within his confidence zone.”

Despite their royal credentials, though, the expert said the family looked like any other family helping out on the beach.

She said: “The Wessex’s look so refreshingly ‘normal’ as a family unit here, dressed in practical kit and not appearing to ‘royal up’ with their body language poses as they take part in a very important environmental campaign to clean up our beaches.

Sophie Wessex has been passionately advocating for the blind and visually impaired for many, many years.

Her daughter, Louise, underwent her first operation due to her sight aged just 18 months.

Sophie has previously spoken about Louise’s sight with the Sunday Express.

She said: “Premature babies can often have squints because the eyes are the last thing in the baby package to really be finalized.

“Her squint was quite profound when she was tiny and it takes time to correct it.

“You’ve got to make sure one eye doesn’t become more dominant than the other but she’s fine now—her eyesight is perfect.”



Sophie Countess of Wessex body language shows she's 'perfect complement to serious' Edward

Since saying “I do”, Sophie and Prince Edward have had two children together.

Lady Louise Windsor, 16, was born in November 2003 and James, Viscount Severn, 12, was born four years later.

When Sophie first met her husband she had a career in public relations.

Shortly after their marriage, however, she took on a role as a full-time member of the Royal Family.

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In this position, she has joined Prince Edward to represent the monarchy across the world.

Prince Edward is the only one of the Queen’s children that has not had a divorce.

Body language expert Judi James explained why their relationship may have seemed unlikely to last.

“Of all the Queen’s children, Edward was perhaps the one least expected to make a strong, long-term marriage,” she told Express.co.uk.

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“Having quit the Royal Marine training in a rather emotional escape he began as a tea-boy for a theatre company before showing both his talent for making bad decisions and his more high-handed, belligerent side.

“His attempt at his own production company failed after he featured royal events and had even been accused of invading his own nephew’s privacy.

“But then as Charles, Anne and Andrew created an unexpectedly low bar in terms of marriage survival rates, now suddenly it’s Edward looking like the son with the relationship staying power after all.”

Their strong relationship may have been helped by Prince Edward’s willingness to let Sophie take the lead, Judi claimed.

She explained Prince Edward is proud of Sophie for stepping into her role so well.

Judi added: “Edward’s non-verbal signals suggest he has happily moved into a more low-key role in public, while Sophie’s confidence signals show her as being the more socially active one in the team dynamic.

“Edward looks delighted to stand by his wife using glances of admiration and pride.

“He places his hands behind his back to suggest it’s her show, but his overall mirroring of her mood and posture shows they share like-minded thinking.”

Sophie’s attitude in the Royal Family may have also played an important part in their long-lasting marriage.

“Judging from her history and her body language I would suggest this is largely down to Sophie,” she continued.

“A successful PR with her own firm she integrated into the royal family in a very unfussy way and was a perfect compliment for her husband’s trait of apparently taking himself a little too seriously.”



Sophie Countess of Wessex body language shows she 'takes the lead' in marriage with Edward

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 55, and Prince Edward, 56, have been married since June 19, 1999. The couple have made many public appearances together over the last 20 years. Body language expert Judi James told Express.co.uk what this could show about their relationship.

While Prince Edward has more experience as a royal, Sophie seems confident in her position.

Judi commented: “Sophie’s superior levels of confidence and perhaps life experience shows but the duo looked as though they shared the same goals and thinking.

“The way Sophie holds onto Edward’s arm suggested she would be his anchor in life.”

The royal couple look happy to support each other when out in public.

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While Sophie may see the pair as equals, the expert claimed Prince Edward is happy for his wife to take centre stage.

“Sophie’s body language suggests no active desire to scene-steal as she stands with one knee bent in and some modestly-placed hand gestures,” Judi continued.

“But it’s Edward who seems happy to suppress his own royal status to make her the focus of his attention.

“The way he face-watches his wife suggests she’s not only the centre of his attention, she’s also the one he is amused by and takes his lead from.”

“Both Edward and Sophie appeared to have matured into very different roles from their idealised wedding poses and this evolution seems to have worked well.

“Sophie appears to enjoy stepping into the royal limelight but we never see any signs of vanity from her.

“Edward’s non-verbal signals suggests he’s happily moved into a more low-key role in public, while Sophie’s confidence signals show her as being the more socially active one in the team dynamic.”



Prince Edward heartbreak: Royal mocked with painful labels after major career U-turn

Prince Edward followed in his elder brothers’ footsteps when he joined the military shortly after leaving Cambridge University with his BA in History in 1986. Tuition for his studies at the prestigious institution had been paid by the Royal Marines on condition of the royal serving after his degree and he duly enlisted to undergo the 12-month training period. But after only a third of the training, the future Earl of Wessex dropped out, sparking accusations of cowardice and mocking labels from the international press.

Speaking to Channel 5 documentary ‘Edward&Sophie: The Reluctant Royals?’, former royal press secretary Dickie Arbiter said: “The newspapers were up in arms. 

“They called him all sorts of things, they called him a weakling, they called him a coward. It was pretty nasty.”

Narrator Glynis Barber added: “He just felt he was going along on a railway line and suddenly, the rails weren’t there anymore.

“Prince Edward was at a crossroad. He needed to find a role for himself.

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A friend of Her Majesty told author Ben Pimlott: “‘It was a terrible mistake,’ says one of the Monarch’s friends. ‘She was against it. But one of her faults is that she can’t say no.’

“‘There was not a single courtier,’ one recalls, ‘who did not think it was a mistake.’

“Their advice was confounded by youthful enthusiasm and the Queen’s maternal indulgence.”

Prince Edward continued to seek to establish himself in the entertainment business, working as a production assistant for musical composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.

He later launched a production company, Ardent Productions, which focused on the creation and documentaries but he was later forced to step down after allegedly breaking an agreement Prince Charles had reached with broadcasters about Prince William’s privacy while at university.



Sophie Countess of Wessex 'unlikely' relationship with Edward made her 'invaluable' royal

Julie continued: “The Queen does not like royal members to attract attention. So with Sophie, she saw she’s definitely not attracting as much attention as other members of the Royal Family and I think the Queen really liked that.”

Over the years, Sophie and Prince Edward’s roles in the Royal Family seem to have increased.

“In the year following the death of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, in March 2002, the amount of royal duties taken on by the Wessexes almost doubled,” the narrator explained.

“Their royal commitments have increased over the last two decades.”



Sophie Countess of Wessex body language with Edward shows 'evolution' of relationship

“In many ways it contained the worst traits of their generation of matches. Edward was seen as having all the petulance of his two older brothers but less of the charm and talent.

“Sophie was similar enough in looks to Diana, causing worry about rabid and intrusive press interest, but as a non-royal with a proper career she appeared to be worryingly unsuited to all the restrictions of life in the royal firm.”

While there may have been some concerns about Sophie, she was thought to be getting close to the Queen even before the wedding.

The Queen reportedly broke protocol for the royal and allowed her to stay at Buckingham Palace during their engagement.

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The couple married at Windsor Castle and Judi explained Sophie showed signs of nervousness.

She continued: “The power and status balance shown in the body language of their wedding day appeared to mimic Charles and Diana.

“Edward looked keen to show himself as a bit of a regal charmer doing all the dominant stuff while Sophie stood beautiful and slightly shyly by his side.

“His glances at Sophie looked infused with pride but his subtler body language signals suggested some awkwardness, with the rigid and self-consciously placed right arm and the equally rigid-looking smile.”

“Both Edward and Sophie appeared to have matured into very different roles from their idealised wedding poses and this evolution seems to have worked well.

“Sophie appears to enjoy stepping into the royal limelight but we never see any signs of vanity from her.

“Edward’s non-verbal signals suggests he’s happily moved into a more low-key role in public, while Sophie’s confidence signals show her as being the more socially active one in the team dynamic.”



Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Edward body language 'not like many long-married couples'

Judi added: “Edward’s non-verbal signals suggest he has happily moved into a more low-key role in public, while Sophie’s confidence signals show her as being the more socially active one in the team dynamic.

“Edward looks delighted to stand by his wife using glances of admiration and pride.

“He places his hands behind his back to suggest it’s her show, but his overall mirroring of her mood and posture shows they share like-minded thinking.”

Sophie and Prince Edward seem happy with their dynamic and still seem to get on very well, the expert suggested.



Meghan Markle 'didn't know the rules of monarchy' Vogue editor Edward Enninful says

The criticism experienced by the Duchess of Sussex after joining the Royal Family has been partially blamed on her lack of understanding of the rules within the institution. Vogue UK editor-in-chief Edward Enninful strongly believes Meghan has been treated unfairly during her 18 months as senior royals. 

However, he doesn’t think all the criticism she received can be boiled down only to racism.

Asked whether news Meghan would guest-edit the September issue of British Vogue last year was not welcomed by everyone across the public and the media because of racism, Mr Enninful told Sky News: “No, I mean, I think you know, the Duchess of Sussex is a brave woman, I feel that… part of the problem was racism but it was more institution, she walked into an institution and everybody expected her to know the rules.

“And I think sometimes it takes a minute to understand the rules. 

“But she did get a very unfair treatment, I thought.”

He added: “It was harsh, but I wouldn’t just blame it on racism.”

Meghan became the first member of the Royal Family to guest-edit the September issue of the magazine, traditionally the most important of the year due to the launch of new trends and collection in the fashion world.

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Mr Enninful and Meghan worked together on this issue for months after having met for the first time in January to speak about the Duchess’ beloved patronage Smart Works.

The Vogue editor-in-chief widely expressed his admiration for Meghan in his letter opening the Forces for Change issue he created with the Duchess.

He wrote: “Anyone who knows me or has read this title since I became its editor two years ago, will already appreciate that the Duchess is a woman for whom I have a deep and profound respect. 

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“Since she first began to navigate the waters of the British Establishment, I, like so many in this country, have found her to be an inspirational woman of action.”

The September issue of Vogue was a success with the public and critics.

Last month, Mr Enninful won both Editor of The Year and Diversity Initiative of the Year at the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) Awards for this issue.

In the Forces for Change Vogue issue, Meghan and Mr Enninful featured the stories of 15 female leaders and “change makers” including former First Lady Michelle Obama and New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Arden. 

Primatologist Jane Goodall was interviewed by Prince Harry, who discussed with her climate change, the human impact on nature and the world and even opened up on his worries for Archie’s future.

It also detailed the work carried out by charities and associations close to Meghan’s heart including social enterprise Luminary Bakery and her patronage Smart Works.

In the issue, Meghan championed diversity, body positivity, transgender rights and climate change.   



Edward Colston statue secretly replaced with sculpture of Black Lives Matter protestor

Last month Black Lives Matter protesters tore down a bronze statue of slave trader Edward Colton in Bristol. Protestors toppled the sculpture, which had stood on Colston Avenue since 1895 as a memorial to his philanthropic works, and pushed it into the docks. Until last night the spot remained empty, but it has now been filled with a monument of protestor Jen Reid.

Ms Reid took part in the Black Lives Matter protests in Bristol and a sculpture of her has been erected on the plinth where the statue of Mr Colton used to stand.

The woman had been photographed standing on the empty plinth after the Colston statue was toppled during the march.

The new statue, which is made of black and resin steel, recreates the image and shows Ms Reid raising her fist in the air – the Black Power salute.

Artist Marc Quinn said the sculpture, called A Surge of Power, did not have formal consent from officials.

The statue was installed shortly before 5am this morning, without the prior knowledge of Bristol City Council.

A team of 10 people, led by the artist, worked in secret to put the sculpture in Bristol’s city centre.

The large statue was transported in two lorries and was up within 15 minutes with the use of a hydraulic crane truck.

A cardboard placard reading ‘Black Lives still Matter’ was also placed at the base.

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“I can’t see it coming down in a hurry.”

She added: “I think it’s something the people of Bristol really appreciate seeing.”

Ms Reid said the decision to climb on the plinth during the protests was totally spontaneous.

She said: “When I was stood there on the plinth, and raised my arm in a Black Power salute, it was totally spontaneous.

“I didn’t even think about it. It was like an electrical charge of power was running through me.”

Mr Quinn said the sculpture was meant as a temporary installation to continue the conversation about racism and did not know how long it would remain in place.

On June 7 protestors ripped down the statue of Mr Colston and dragged it a third of a mile and threw it into the Bristol harbour.

Bristol City Council retrieved the statue, which will be displayed in a museum along with placards from the Black Lives Matter protest, from the water several days later.



Sophie, Countess of Wessex rebelled against royal tradition with Prince Edward

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 55, and Prince Edward, 56, recently celebrated their wedding anniversary. While in the Royal Family, there are many traditions the couple have followed. However, they rebelled against one of these on their big day.

Sophie started dating Prince Edward in 1993, while she was working in public relations.

The couple announced their engagement on January 6, 1999 and married later that year.

Sophie and Prince Edward are the parents of two children, Lady Louise Windsor, 16, and James, Viscount Severn, 12.

While in the Royal Family, the Countess has gained many royal fans working full time for the monarch.

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As a senior member of the family, there are some traditions the mother-of-two is expected to follow.

While she will often comply with these, Sophie and Prince Edward broke a royal tradition on their wedding day.

The ceremony took place on June 19, 1999 at Windsor Castle.

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The Countess turned heads wearing the custom Anthemion tiara.

A royal wedding kiss is a big part of most ceremonies and the public will eagerly wait to see this.

It is something that has been done by royals including Princess Diana and Kate Middleton.

Although others have shared a kiss outside their wedding venue, Sophie and Prince Edward notably refused requests from photographers.

Since the big day, Sophie and Prince Edward have taken on new royal roles, according to body language expert Judi James.

She said: “Both Edward and Sophie appeared to have matured into very different roles from their idealised wedding poses and this evolution seems to have worked well, meaning they look happier, more relaxed and perhaps even more in love than they did back then.

“Edward’s non-verbal signals suggests he’s happily moved into a more low-key role in public, while Sophie’s confidence signals show her as being the more socially active one in the team dynamic.”