Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 56, and Prince Edward, also 56, tied the knot in 1999 in Windsor Castle. They have since worked together on many projects as well as separately. An expert has suggested that the couple both reflect the stoic attitude that the Queen portrays.
According to body language expert Judi James, both Sophie and Edward look like a team when they are together.
She explained: “With the current dramas swirling in the States, Edward and Sophie are now emerging looking like the perfect candidates to form a calmly protective ring around The Queen.
“Sophie’s body language has always oozed an upbeat sense of reassurance and continuity and since Edward has been making more appearances of late, he has also been revealing what seems to be a very likeable and uplifting personality.”
Throughout the pandemic, Sophie and Edward have turned to virtual appearances including calls to different organisations and charities.
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One virtual appearance came from Sophie last month when she spoke to families across the country as part of her work to support the Royal National Institute of Blind People.
At the time, Judi explained: “Sophie seems to have a natural ability to tune in to her audiences, more so on video links like this than the more formal royal speech-making or appearances.
“Her body language looks natural and unforced.
“There are no signs of camera-nerves or any self-conscious signals of vanity, just a down-to-earth-looking desire to get stuck into whatever job she has agreed to join in doing, whether it is helping out in a charity shop, picking up litter on beaches, cooking scones or, building a bird box, as she is here.”
Sophie made another call just last week on behalf of the monarch when she crowned the winner of the Queen’s Award for British Design.
She also made an in-person appearance last week when she completed her first shift as a Care Volunteer at an NHS vaccination centre.
Judi added: “Both reflect the stoic attitude that the Queen has made her signature look throughout her reign and, like The Queen and Prince Philip, both manage to project an air of happiness in one another’s company as well as working competently apart too.
“Edward tends to have inherited the same Windsor trait of shyness and self-comfort, anxiety rituals as Charles and William and, rather like Kate, Sophie appears to be adept at offering quiet, flattering, confidence-boosting body language signals to boost him up in public.”
While the family keep their life quite private, being in the public eye means they will now and again make an appearance as a family.
The expert explained that when the couple are around their children, Sophie takes the role of a team leader.
The last time Sophie and Edward were seen with their children, Lady Louise Windsor, 17, and James Viscount Severn, 13, was when they took part in the Great British Beach Clean on Southsea beach last year.
Judi went on: “They look like a team and when they appear with their two children that team dynamic, with Sophie taking the role of team leader, looks natural and easy-going enough but with no soap-opera-style body language leakage to suggest any dramas behind the scenes.
“If there is a role for the royals to play right now it is to offer the reassurance of continuity to a country suffering through a pandemic and Sophie and Edward seem perfectly suited to that task with their upbeat smiles and acts of ongoing affection offering a subtle morale-booster.”