'Breath of fresh air!' Sophie set to play big role in Charles' revamped Royal Family

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The Countess of Wessex made a tearful appearance alongside other members of the Royal Family as they inspected floral tributes to the late Queen at Balmoral. Sophie, who tied the knot with Prince Edward in 1999, also kept a close relationship with the 96-year-old monarch as she lives just 10miles away from Windsor Castle at Bagshot Park.

However, Sophie could soon play a slightly different role in King Charles III’s revamped Royal Family.

Charles has been tipped to slim down the Royal Family after he succeeded his mother on the throne.

Mark Foster-Brown, who attended Cambridge University alongside the Earl of Wessex, said Sophie could even help provide crucial support to Kate Middleton during this changing period.

He said: “The line of communication between the Countess of Wessex and the Princess of Wales is incredibly important.

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There have been reports that such a move might not materialise.

A source previously told the Sunday Times: “The Prince is the Duke of Edinburgh as it stands, and it is up to him what happens to the title. It will not go to Edward.”

The Earl of Wessex has also had his doubts after he told the BBC: “It was fine in theory, ages ago when it was sort of a pipe dream of my father’s… and of course, it will depend on whether or not the Prince of Wales, when he becomes king, whether he’ll do that, so we’ll wait and see. So yes, it will be quite a challenge taking that on.”

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