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Thehas become the Queen's 'rock' after Prince Philip's death by 'phoning at least once a day and ensuring she is fully supported', a royal expert has claimed.
Her Majesty's daughter-in-law Sophie, 56, has often been noted as the monarch's 'favourite' family member and closest confidante.
Following the's passing on April 9, 's wife has been a pillar of support for the Queen, according to royal commentator Duncan Larcombe.
He told: 'Sophie Wessex has emerged as the Queen’s unlikely "rock" as the monarch adjusts to life without Prince Philip.
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'Prince Edward’s wife has – according to sources – made it her personal mission to ensure Her Majesty is fully supported by the family.
'Since the Duke’s death in April, Sophie has driven the 10 miles from her Bagshot Park home to Windsor Castle every few days and most weekends to spend socially-distanced time with Her Majesty.’
For the days she can’t make it to see the Queen in person, the Countess ‘has made a point of calling her mother-in-law at least once a day’.
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Sophie, who is mother to 17-year-old Lady Louise Windsor and son James, Viscount Severn, 13, explained to the Telegraph how these visits during lockdown involved the Queen standing on a 20ft high balcony and waving down.
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It was previously reported that Sophie is one of four loyal, discreet and ‘utterly trustworthy’ women of the Queen’s inner circle who are offering crucial support as she faces life without her beloved Prince Philip, who died on April 9, aged 99.
‘Sophie is like another daughter to the Queen, they are that close,’ said a royal source. ‘She is trusted and relied on like few others.’
The pair are said to speak at least once a day and enjoy regular Saturday ‘movie afternoons’ when they watch old films together.
Mr Larcombe's remarks follow reports that the Queen 'quietly reflected and privately remembered' Prince Philip on what would have been her husband's 100th birthday yesterday.
The monarch, 95, earlier this week paid a touching tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, who died aged 99 on April 9, by planting a special rose in the garden of her home of Windsor Castle.
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The Countess of Wessex has fought back tears as she spoke about how the royal family is coping since the death of Prince Philip. Sophie, who is daughter-in-law to Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh, said the pandemic is likely to stretch out the grieving process for the family, as she expects many more "oh my goodness" moments will come as the family return to normal lives. One such moment happened as the countess spoke to Naga Munchetty on BBC Radio 5 Live.Recalling a recent visit to Scotland over the school holidays a few weeks ago with husband Prince Edward — Her Majesty and Duke's youngest son — Sophie had tears well up in her eyes.