Sophie, “a long-term favourite of the Queen”, could become a more prominent member of the Royal Family in the near future, the royal source said. With Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stepping down as working royals, the Royal Family likely needs to find someone capable to fill the gaps they left and pick up the slack.
And that person could be Prince Edward’s wife, as she is “very popular” among the Queen and senior royals.
A royal source claimed: “Sophie’s a long-term favourite of the Queen and has been singled out as a person the Palace would like to help ease the burden.
“She’s very popular with other senior royals like Charles and Camilla, and has proved to be extremely good at public engagements.”
Buckingham Palace told Express.co.uk they won’t comment on these claims.
Sophie has proved to be reliable and committed to her role.
The Countess, after marrying the Queen’s youngest son in 1999, took on patronages focused on helping blind people and female empowerment.
Just last week, Sophie spent the night of her 55th birthday attending the reception for the UK-Africa investment summit at Buckingham Palace.
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She later left the country for a two-day tour to Sierra Leone, where she discussed the condition of women in the African country and how the country managed to end the divisions and violence created by years of civil war.
Sophie’s qualities as a working royal have been highly praised by royal correspondent Phil Dampier.
Mr Dampier said the Countess of Wessex has the “potential to be a royal superstar”.
He told MailOnline: “I think she wants to do more and would happily step up to the plate and take over more duties if asked.”
Senior members of the Royal Family will find themselves with more engagements to deal with in the spring, when Meghan and Harry will officially relinquish the use of their HRH styles.
Prince Harry and Meghan have been allowed to “maintain their private patronages and associations”, Buckingham Palace said about the terms of their exit deal.
However, it continued: “As agreed in this new arrangement, they understand that they are required to step back from Royal duties, including official military appointments.
“They will no longer receive public funds for Royal duties.”
While Meghan and Harry will soon no longer be working royals, they will continue to be esteemed members of the Royal Family, the Queen said.
In a statement shared alongside the terms of the so-called Megxit deal, the monarch said: “Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much-loved members of my family.
“I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.
“I want to thank them for all their dedicated work across this country, the Commonwealth and beyond, and am particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family.
“It is my whole family’s hope that today’s agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life.”