The fact that the Duchess of Sussex and the Countess of Wessex traveled in the same vehicle has revealed their relationship. Following The Queen Consort and the Princess of Wales in the procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, Meghan drove alongside Sophie. The 57-year-old has been married to Prince Edward, the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II, since 1999. The couple has two children together: Lady Louise Windsor, the queen’s favorite granddaughter, is 18 years old, and James Viscount Severn is 14 years old.

She and the current Queen Consort were the only non-blood relatives present at Balmoral following the monarch’s passing; Sophie had previously been referred to as the late monarch’s “second daughter.” According to Valentine Low’s article in The Times, Sophie was also the first member of the royal family to visit the Sussexes after Archie was born in 2019. She went to the couple’s Frogmore Cottage in Windsor. According to a source, Sophie is “normal” and possesses empathy that perhaps other employees of the Firm “don’t naturally have.”

They said “She did the right thing. She got in the car and went over. She has got the empathy and warmth that maybe people who grew up in that family don’t naturally have. Normal people would think this is what you do. You go; you make sure the new mum is OK and see the baby.” Additionally, Sophie has been referred to as “incredibly empathetic” by Mark Foster-Brown, a classmate of Edward’s at Cambridge University. He revealed to The Times that the Countess and the Princess of Wales have a close relationship and called their “line of communication” “incredibly important.”

“Sophie is incredibly empathetic. If you are a supporter of the royal family, you would hope that that would be a key relationship”, Mark added. Prior to joining the Royal Family, Sophie, who was raised in a middle-class family and founded a PR firm, was compared to Meghan because they both underwent a significant transition. The monarch enjoyed watching old movies with her, and she was invited to several of their joint church services. Additionally, Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount James, Her Majesty’s youngest grandchildren, and Sophie’s children were very close to her.

Previously, an insider told the Sun “The Queen loves the fact that Louise and James relish their time at Balmoral, and she has become particularly close to Louise, who seems to have become her favourite grandchild, closely followed by James.”