Sophie, her husband Prince Edward and their eldest child, Lady Louise, visited the floral tributes dedicated to Philip around Windsor on Friday. The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral is to be held tomorrow, but it will be a low-key service due to Covid restrictions despite the outpouring of grief among both the royals and the public. The day after Philip’s death last week, Sophie was the first to address the 99-year-old’s passing — despite not being directly related to the late royal.
She tearfully told Sky News that “the Queen has been amazing”, when she and Edward were leaving Windsor Castle by car, after visiting the monarch.
The following day, it was again Sophie who provided a telling insight into Philip’s final moments.
After attending the Sunday service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints, she said: “It was right for him and you know, it was so gentle.
“It was like someone took him by the hand, and then he went.
“Very, very peaceful, and that’s all you want for somebody, isn’t it?”
On Pod Save the Queen, hosted by Ann Gripper and featuring Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers, the two commentators explained how it was telling that Sophie had been permitted to share such personal details about Philip’s final moments.
Ms Gripper said: “I thought it was somehow quite appropriate that it was Sophie Wessex who shared the first family’s immediate reaction, because she has become such a close confidante of the Queen.
“A colleague almost — they’ve worked together on quite a lot of stuff, and the Queen seems to enjoy her company.
“But maybe also because she’s come from the outside world — she’s not a royal, she’s maybe got a bit more of that knowing how to deal with real people, and real things, and what to say in real events.”
Sophie married the Queen and Philip’s youngest son, Edward, in 1999, and has gradually become a trusted member of the Firm.
Ms Gripper continued: “It was really quite intimate, quite a lot of the things she shared, I found quite striking.”
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Mr Myers said that Sophie’s “measured and respectful” words would have been said with the “Queen’s blessing entirely”.
He also said that the Queen’s daughter-in-law is seen as another daughter to the monarch — and she has even referred to the monarch as “mama” in public, on one of their shared engagements.
Although the low-key service tomorrow will be socially distanced, it’s likely Sophie will do her best to console the Queen during the emotional funeral, much like the rest of the royals.
Last Sunday, Sophie also spoke of the difficulties when it comes to coping with grief.
She said: “I think it is so much easier for the person that goes than the people who are left behind.
“We are all sitting here looking at each other, going ‘this is awful’. But equally, look at all the tributes — it’s just amazing.”
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