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Sophie Wessex tipped as Queen’s ‘favourite child’ after Philip tributes - 'More daughter'

Queen's reliance on Sophie Wessex discussed by expert

The Countess of Wessex became a member of the Royal Family after she married Prince Edward in June 1999. Following Prince Philip's death on April 9, Sophie was one of the first royals to speak publicly.

Sophie told those grieving on Sunday at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge in Windsor that the Duke died “gently”.

She said: “You know it's going to happen but when it happens it's just this massive, massive hole.

"It was so gentle, it was just like someone took him by the hand and off he went.

"Very, very peaceful - and that's all you want with somebody isn't it?

"I think it's so much easier for the person that goes than the people left behind.

"We're all sitting here looking at each other going, 'This is awful'."

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Sophie, Countess of Wessex and daughter Lady Louise Windsor attend Sunday Service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints, Windsor, following the announcement on Friday April 9th of the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at the age of 99, on April 11, 2021 in Windsor, England

Sophie Wessex news: The Countess has been tipped as the Queen's 'favourite' (Image: GETTY)

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex with their daughter Lady Louise Windsor, during a television interview at the Royal Chapel of All Saints, Windsor, following the announcement on Friday April 9th of the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at the age of 99, on April 11, 2021 in Windsor, England

Sophie Wessex news: Royal courtiers said 'If you’re asking who is Her Majesty’s favourite child, it’s none of them, it’s her daughter-in-law' (Image: GETTY)

Royal courtiers and experts have already suggested the Countess is a favourite of Her Majesty, but her front-and-centre role after Philip’s death has led experts to say she is “more than a daughter-in-law”.

One royal source said the Queen has a fondness for Edward and Sophie over her other children.

They said: “Edward happened to marry someone for whom his mother has great affection.

“Sophie is much more than a daughter-in-law, more of a daughter.”

Another courtier added: “If you’re asking who is Her Majesty’s favourite child, it’s none of them, it’s her daughter-in-law.”

Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh, Charles The Prince of Wales and the Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, William and Kate The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Princess Anne Princess Royal and Timothy Lauwrence, Prince Andrew the Duke of York, Prince Edward and Princess Sophie The Earl and Countess of Wessex, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie attend the service of thanksgiving during the 90th birthday celebrations of Queen Elizabeth at St Paul's cathedral in London, UK on June 10, 2016

Sophie Wessex news: Prince Philip died on April 9 2021 at 99-years-old (Image: PA)

Express.co.uk timeline of Prince Edward and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex’s relationship

Sophie Wessex news: The Countess married Prince Edward in 1999 (Image: EXPRESS)

One senior royal aide told the Sun Sophie is “trusted and relied on by the Queen” more than other royals.

They told the outlet: “She is like another daughter to Her Majesty, they are that close. And that view was shared by Philip, who admired Sophie for how she buckled down to her duties.

“The Queen is also mindful that Sophie’s marriage has survived where her other children’s relationships have failed, and she knows that is in no small way down to Sophie’s dedication.

“She is aware, as Edward’s mother, what a tricky creature he can be.

“And not only has Sophie flourished as a dedicated, albeit still relatively junior member of the Royal Family, she has brought up two teenagers who are well-balanced and enthusiastic about trying new things.”

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Last year, royal expert Katie Nicholl told CBC News Queen Elizabeth II "adores" Sophie for approaching her royal duties "without a great deal of fuss".

She said: "[Sophie] goes about her duty diligently, quietly and without a great deal of fuss, and for that the Queen adores her.

"They are very close and spend a lot of time together when they are in Windsor, and the Queen loves riding with her grandchildren, James and Louise."

Ingrid Seward, editor in chief of Majesty magazine, also told the outlet: “Sophie does everything very quietly, partly because the media don't follow her obsessively as they do with William and Catherine and partly because the things she does aren't necessarily very glamorous.”

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