Sophie Countess of Wessex: ‘At Queen’s side’ amid Prince Philip death body language shows

Sophie Countess of Wessex: ‘At Queen’s side’ amid Prince Philip death body language shows


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Sophie Wessex spoke beautiful words about Prince Philip’s death to reporters. The Countess said: It was so gentle, it was just like someone took him by the hand and off he went.

“Very, very peaceful – and that’s all you want with somebody isn’t it?”

She went on: “I think it’s so much easier for the person that goes than the people left behind.

“We’re all sitting here looking at each other going, ‘This is awful’.”

The royal, who is said to be particularly close with the Queen, said the Duke of Edinbrugh will leave a hole in her life.

She explained: “You know it’s going to happen but when it happens it’s just this massive, massive hole.”

Many were touched by Sophie’s words, which brought much comfort.

Body language expert Judi James analysed Sophie’s body language for exlcusively.

She said Sophie’s outpouring of emotion “emphasized her close friendship with the Queen.”

Judi said: “While Prince Philip’s children spoke about their father in their reflective interviews it was Sophie who provided the informal and openly emotional response to his death, driving away apparently in tears and then looking distraught as she spoke movingly about how his death was ‘so gentle, it’s just like someone took him by the hand and off he went’.

“The Queen must need all her own children around her right now but it was her daughter-in-law Sophie who appeared to be showing the kind of emotions that emphasized her close friendship with the Queen as well as the family ties.

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“She looked and sounded sympathetic and empathetic, sounding very much as though she had been at the Queen’s side offering the right words and support for a woman famous for her stoicism and emotional resilience.

“We don’t know if The Queen bravely masks her emotions in private as she does in public but if she needed the right level of mirrored personal sadness and sympathy to allow herself to share her grief in a way that parents sometimes can’t do with their own children at a time like this then it would seem that Sophie would fit the bill perfectly.”

Philip’s other sons also spoke about him with touching words.

Prince Andrew referred to Philip as the “grandfather of the nation”.

Speaking of the Queen he said: “She described his passing as a miracle and she’s contemplating, I think is the way that I would put it.

“She described it as having left a huge void in her life, but we the family – the ones that are closer – are rallying round to make sure we’re there.”

Prince Edward said: “It’s a bit of a shock.

“However much one tries to prepare oneself for something like this, it’s still dreadful shock, and we’re trying to come to terms with that. It’s very, very sad.”

The Queen will attend Prince Philip’s funeral and she is likely to wear a certain brooch with a special significance. 

The Queen has worn the Sapphire Chrysanthemum Brooch in a series of portraits taken with Prince Philip on their honeymoon.

The young couple stayed at Broadlands in the UK after their wedding in 1947.

She later wore it to recreare the portrait for the couple’s 60th wedding anniversary.

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