Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Prince Edward will often perform duties on behalf of the Queen. However, the Countess could be set to take on new roles and duties very soon. This could happen after Meghan Markle, 38, and Prince Harry, 35, officially leave their roles as working royals.
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Yesterday, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attended the Commonwealth 2020 service at Westminster.
This was their last engagement with the couple officially stepping back as senior royals on March 31.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Prince Edward were also at the event.
Sophie is already a busy royal but she could start to be seen out more often.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, James Bryce, James Bryce, CEO and founder of communications analytics firm gweek, explained why she could be perfect to take on the extra duties.
Analysis her speech while in the Royal Family, James commented on Sophie’s natural confidence and good communication skills.
He said: “The Countess lets her speech lead the way. Relaxed, yet composed and alert she makes her points efficiently, and with natural confidence.
“She asserts herself; she reads her co-speakers well and works out where her most impactful contribution could be.”
By being able to communicate well, Sophie could be ideal to take on more official roles.
“She is unscripted, unrehearsed yet sufficiently planned in her mind, before she starts to speak,” James continued.
“She engages with stories, and offers personal examples so that you can empathise with her. Her posture is relaxed, yet confident and assertive. She lets you see the real her.”
If Sophie was to take on more engagements, she could use her good be able to form a connection with royal fans.
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James explained: “I hope that – should she increase her number of formal engagements – she will maintain her sense of agile, authentic communication and not recourse to scripts and practised speech.”
While Sophie has been in the Royal Family, there has been little drama surrounding her which could be another reason she would take on more duties.
This could be down to her background in Public Relations or her close relationship with the Queen.
Before marrying into the Royal Family, Sophie worked in public relations for many firms including Capital Radio.
This could have helped her prepare for a growing role, royal biographer, Ingrid Seward, claimed in her book, Prince Edward.
She wrote: “Any romance with a member of the Royal Family is conducted on their terms. If Sophie had any reservations or complaints, she prudently kept them to herself.
“Being from a PR background, she was fully aware of the real world. She knew what she was getting into.”
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