Meghan Markle andSophie Wessex looked united in grief yesterday asthey made their way to Westminster Hall together as part of the procession of the Queen’s coffin from Buckingham Palace.
AsCamilla, Queen Consort, andKate Middleton made their way to the ceremony, 41 year old Meghan and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 57, could be seen following the duo in a separate car.
And while Meghan and Sophie are rarely seen alone together, the pair share many similarities, including the fact that they both married into the royal family.
But what else do we know about their relationship? Let’s take a peek…
Prior to entering the royal family, both Meghan and Sophie had careers in the media industry. While the Duchess of Sussex is known for her role in Netflix drama Suits, the Countess of Wessex founded her own PR company.
Elsewhere, the duo have both shown an interest in promoting women’s rights, with Meghan infamously fighting a sexist TV advert when she was just 11 years old and Sophie recently attending a tour of New York where she focused on the issue.
Speaking toTrue Royalty TV, royal expert Russell Myers explained: “The similarities between Sophie and Meghan are there to be seen.
“Sophie’s working with girls’ education, she’s done a lot of stuff about violence against females in Africa…Are the Instagram generation going to be as obsessed with Sophie and Edward Wessex as they are with the Sussexes? Obviously not.
“However, when you’re dealing with them… Sophie’s really across her subject matter.”
New members of the family
With the royals’ status as one of the most famous families on the planet, entering the royal family is likely to be a daunting experience for any new member.
However, in an interview with The Sunday Times, Sophie explained how the family are welcoming of new individuals and that she tries to help anyone entering the household.
“We all try to help any new members of the family,” she said.
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The Countess of Wessex is known for sharing an exceptionally close bond with her mother-in-law Queen Elizabeth II and regularly visited Her Majesty at Windsor Castle.
Royal commentator Duncan Larcombe previously said : “Sophie Wessex has emerged as the Queen’s unlikely ‘rock’ as the monarch adjusts to life without Prince Philip.”
After Meghan and Prince Harry moved to Los Angeles back in March 2020, the couple made headlines when theysat down with US chat show host Oprah Winfrey for a bombshell interview.
During the interview, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a series of allegations about the royal family, though Sophie claimed to be unaware of the TV appearance.
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When asked by the Telegraph's royal editor Camilla Tominey about the interview, Prince Edward joked: “Oprah who?”. Meanwhile Sophie added: “Yes, what interview?”
Later, the Wessexes were asked about the Archbishop of Canterbury not knowing who Oprah was, leading Sophie to explain: “You know, if you’re not into chat shows, there’s no reason why you should know who she is.
“Certainly not in this country, anyway.”
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