Sophie Wessex becoming ‘confidante’ to Kate as she takes new role

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Sophie Wessex has become “something of a confidante” for Kate as she steps up to the role of Princess of Wales, sources claim. King Charles III’s royal ascension to the throne after his mother the Queen’s death has led to new roles for others in the Royal Family. For Kate, this means that she is now the Princess of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, as well as keeping her existing title of the Duchess of Cambridge.

As the 40-year-old steps into these crucial roles, one comfort provided to her is the friendship of Sophie, the Countess of Wessex.

The Daily Mail’s Royal Editor Rebecca English claimed the sources had told her Sophie had become “something of a confidante” for Kate. Kate, she claims, sees that Sophie admires her ability to balance royal duties with motherhood.

The report also claims Sophie has William’s seal of approval.

Mark Foster-Brown, chairman of the Wessex Youth Trust, told Ms English: “The next few years are going to be incredibly important for this country. Sophie has never sought the limelight but as we go into the next phase of the monarchy it will be absolutely critical for the [then] Duchess of Cambridge to have a female sounding board.

“And she simply couldn’t get better than someone like Sophie.”

Kate and Sophie have often been spotted chatting away and giggling with each other at royal events. Last year Sophie showed her support for Kate by attending her carol concert at Westminster Abbey before Christmas.

Both women attended school and had experience of holding down regular jobs before marrying into the Firm. Before Sophie married Edward in 1999, she worked in PR, while before Kate’s wedding to Prince William in 2011, she was an accessories buyer at fashion chain Jigsaw.

As Sophie married into the Royal Family 12 years before Kate, it appears she was happy to show her the ropes of royal life.

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And this has been evident on the rare occasions that the two women have carried out engagements together, according to body language expert Judi James.

She told Express.co.uk: “Sophie’s formula does appear to have been copied by Kate too as ‒ so far ‒ she has managed to tread the very fine line of creating interest that is positive but not unmanageable. Many of the poses of the two women together show Sophie face-checking Kate with quite strong bouts of watchful-looking eye contact to suggest she’s taking a semi-maternal approach.

“She also [has] raised eyebrows and what’s called a ‘pinging’ smile that implies she wants to ensure Kate is enjoying herself. There is some mirroring when the two women walk together but it’s primarily Sophie projecting the stronger signals of relaxed confidence while Kate smiles happily at her side.”

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Sophie was known for being very close to the Queen before she died last Thursday, September 8. She had lost her own mum, Mary Rhys-Jones, to stomach cancer in 2005 at just 71, and had reportedly taken to affectionately calling the Queen “Mama”.

The death of the Queen’s beloved Philip last year brought Her Majesty and Sophie closer. The monarch reportedly often invited her to take her late husband’s place with her in the back of the car.

Meanwhile, Kate said she intends to “create a new path” as she takes on her new role as Princess of Wales.



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