Lorraine Kelly praises Sophie, Countess of Wessex for ‘quietly getting on’ after Megxit
Sophie Wessex: Expert discusses ‘surge in popularity’
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Lorraine Kelly, 60, has gushed over Sophie, Countess Of Wessex for seemingly working hard amid Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s step down from their senior royal roles, and subsequent relocation overseas, also dubbed “Megxit”.The ITV host applauded Sophie for being a source of support for the Queen during this difficult time, following the death of her husband of over 70 years Prince Philip.
The Queen is incredibly fond of her
Opening up on who will now step up to help the Queen with royal duties following the Sussexes’ departure and Prince Philip’s death, royal expert Russell Myers suggested Sophie would be an ideal fit on ITV’s Lorraine today.
He explained: “They [the Royal Family] will want to bring up to the fore people like Sophie Wessex, who has enjoyed a surge in popularity over the past few months.”
Lorraine remarked: “She’s very quietly just got on with it and the Queen is incredibly fond of her, isn’t she?”
Russell continued: “She is, she [the Queen] treats her like a daughter, and they have a very close bond.
“She’s been a tremendous source of support for her. Sophie along with the children has been her most frequent visitor. She lives very close by.”
Sophie is married to the Queen’s youngest child Prince Edward and the pair have two children together- Lady Louise Windsor, 17, and James, Viscount Severn, 11.
The royal expert explained how Sophie had been a champion of women’s charities long before Meghan arrived on the scene.
He added: “Sophie was doing things like girls education, women rights, a long time before Meghan came along.”
However, Russell believed until now the Countess had possibly been overlooked because she was not as “glamorous” as the former actress.
He remarked: “Arguably [Meghan’s] a bit more glamorous, the papers got all the attention on her.”
The royal expert declared it now Sophie’s time “to shine”.
Lorraine agreed: “It probably is.”
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Meghan and Prince Harry stepped down as working senior Royals in January of last year.
Since then, they have moved across to Meghan’s birthplace of Los Angeles where they reside in a Montecito mansion.
The Sussex couple gave a landmark interview to Oprah Winfrey last month which aired on ITV in the UK.
In the chat, the Duchess said there was a comment from an unnamed senior member of the Royal Family, about “how dark” her then unborn son Archie Mountbatten’s skin may be.
She told Oprah: “They were saying they didn’t want him to be a prince or princess, which would be different from protocol, and that he wasn’t going to receive security.”
Meghan said: “This went on for the last few months of our pregnancy where I was going, hold on for a second.”
According to Meghan, the decision for Archie not to have a title nor security was made in tandem with “concerns and conversations about how dark [Archie’s] skin might be when he’s born”.
Buckingham Palace spoke out in the days that followed and said issues would be addressed “privately”.
A statement added Harry and Meghan would always be “much loved” by the family.
Prince William told reporters the Royal Family were “very much not racist”.
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