The Royal Family was dealt a huge blow by the death of Prince Philip who has left a physical and emotional void in the Firm. However, a royal author has said it would have been Philip’s wish for Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, to “be a bit more high profile”.
In an interview with The Times, Ingrid Seward, author of Prince Philip Revealed: A Man of His Century, believes the Queen is pushing Sophie into the limelight.
She said: “I think the Queen’s pushing her.
“I don’t think she’s pushing herself because she just isn’t that pushy.
“All these interviews — I think it was the Queen saying, ‘Oh, get out and do it. We need someone like you, Sophie. Take the vacant ground’.”
In recent weeks the Earl and Countess of Wessex have become more involved with Royal engagements and have made several appearances in the media.
The couple’s recent media attention has also been exacerbated by the royal void left behind by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Dickie Arbiter, the Queen’s former press secretary, told The Mirror the couple were “really coming into their own”.
He said: “They have worked hard for many years and play an important role in the Royal Family, but no one has paid them as much attention until now.
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In a recent interview with The Telegraph, Edward admitted his father had offered the title to him just two days after his engagement to Sophie.
He said: “It has to go back to the Crown first.
“My father was very keen that the title should continue, but he didn’t quite move quickly enough with Andrew, so it was us who he eventually had the conversation with.
“It was a lovely idea; a lovely thought.”