Sophie, Countess of Wessex is the wife of the Queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward. She appears to have a close relationship with her in-law but this may not have always been the case. A body language expert explained how she “won over” Prince Philip, 98.
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Sophie and Prince Edward met in 1993 and dated for six years before announcing their engagement.
They tied the knot in a ceremony that took place at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
After the couple married, all eyes were on the Countess to see what her relationship would be like with her in-laws.
In particular, royal fans speculated over her relationship with Prince Philip after he struggled to bond with his other daughters-in-law, body language expert Judi James explained.
She told Express.co.uk: “Prince Philip had notoriously tricky relationships with his other two daughters-in-law and his relationship with his third son, Edward, has been rocky at times too.
“For Sophie this historic background could have seen her relationship with her often irascible father-in-law going one of two ways.
“Either his wariness of a woman once described as ‘the new Diana’ when she first entered the royal family could have led to an arms-length wariness, or she could have been welcomed as the royal bride who stuck it out and made it work.”
Sophie may have had to try to impress her father-in-law, but she was soon commended for her work ethic in the Royal Family.
Her ability to get stuck into her royal role may have helped win Prince Philip over, Judi suggested.
“Over recent years,” the expert continued, “it’s been clear that Sophie’s stoic approach has worked and even won over Prince Philip, who appears to relish being in her company almost as much as the Queen does.”
Prince Philip has not often appeared at royal events since he retired in 2017, but he has been spotted with Sophie over the years.
Commenting on pictures of the two royals together, Judi said that they appear to have a shared sense of humour.
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Prince Philip has looked completely at ease when spending time with his daughter-in-law.
Judi said: “These poses suggest Prince Philip has a very high liking of his daughter-in-law that blends a sense of shared fun with a kind of down-to-earth mutual respect.”
While Prince Philip has not seemed as friendly with other royals who joined the family, he is comfortable with Sophie.
As well as being family, their body language suggests the pair are like-minded and have a genuine friendship.
“The Prince can be intimidating,” Judi added. “He is known to not suffer fools gladly.
“However, the non-verbal signals here hint that he might just have met his match in Sophie. The pair look relaxed in one another’s company.
“The way Philip points and turns his face towards Sophie wearing a wide, mischievous-looking grin while she looks forward wearing more of a deadpan expression suggests they have a bit of a comedy double-act going.”
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