Who is Sophie, Countess of Wessex? Prince Edward’s wife

Sophie, Countess of Wessex is the wife of Prince Edward and is known for being a passionate patron of charities and organizations.

She is attending the funeral at St George’s Chapel in Windsor today as mourners for Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Here’s what we know about them.

The Countess of Wessex is known as a passionate patron of charities and organizations


The Countess of Wessex is known as a passionate patron of charities and organizationsCredit: Max Mumby

Who is the Countess of Wessex?

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 56, was born Sophie Helen Rhys Jones on 20 January 1965 in Oxford to parents Christopher Bournes Rhys Jones and Mary.

Touchingly, Sophie – who has an older brother David – was named after her father’s sister Helen, who died in a horse-riding accident five years before she was born.

Raised in a four-bed 17th-century farmhouse in Brenchley, Kent, she began her education at Dulwich Preparatory School before transferring to Kent College, Pembury.

While studying at Kent College, she became friends with Sarah Sienesi, with whom she shared a flat in Fulham and who later became her lady-in-waiting.

Sophie then trained as a secretary at West Kent College, Tonbridge.

She then embarked on a career in public relations, working for various companies including Capital Radio and the public relations firms The Quentin Bell Organization and MacLaurin Communications & Media.

The Countess also worked as a ski representative in Switzerland and spent a year traveling and in Australia.

In 1996 she founded her PR agency, RJH Public Relations, which she ran for five years with business partner Murray Harkin.

Prince Edward and the Countess on their wedding day at St George's Chapel, Windsor


Prince Edward and the Countess on their wedding day at St George’s Chapel, WindsorPhoto credit: AFP-Getty

When did Sophie Rhys Jones meet Prince Edward?

The Countess met Prince Edward when she first worked at Capital Radio in 1987.

At the time, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh’s youngest son was dating her friend.

But after meeting again at a charity event in 1993, the two began dating soon after, and their engagement was announced on January 6, 1999.

Prince Edward proposed to Sophie with a two-carat oval diamond flanked by two heart-shaped gemstones, set in 18k white gold and courtesy of the royal jewelers Garrard & Co.

It has an estimated value of £105,000.

The couple met when Prince Edward was dating a friend of Sophie's in the 1980s but didn't become a couple until 1993


The couple met when Prince Edward was dating a friend of Sophie’s in the 1980s but didn’t become a couple until 1993Photo credit: AFP-Getty

When was her wedding?

Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys Jones were married on June 19, 1999 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle – the same place where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were married.

On their wedding day, Prince Edward was made hereditary peer as Earl of Wessex and Sophie as Countess of Wessex.

The couple then honeymooned at Balmoral Castle and moved to Bagshot Park, their home in Surrey.

The Countess is a mother of two


The Countess is a mother of twoPhoto credit: Getty – Contributor

Who are Prince Edward and Sophie’s children?

The Earl and Countess have two children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.

In December 2001, the Countess was taken to King Edward VII Hospital after feeling unwell and it was determined that she was suffering from an ectopic pregnancy and the fetus had to be removed.

Two years later, on November 8, 2003, she gave birth to their daughter Louise prematurely, which resulted from a sudden abruption of the placenta that put both mother and baby at risk.

The Countess had to undergo an emergency caesarean section at Frimley Park Hospital while the Earl of Wessex was rushing back from Mauritius.

The Countess returned to Frimley Park Hospital on 17 December 2007 to give birth to their son James Viscount Severn by caesarean section.

Does Sophie, Countess of Wessex have coronavirus?

The Countess of Wessex does not have coronavirus but is currently in self-isolation after coming into contact with someone who has tested positive.

The Countess came into contact with the person earlier this week but has no symptoms.

Her Royal Highness is now following all relevant government guidelines and is self-isolating at home.

She has not socialized with any member of the royal family this week apart from her own immediate family.

Sophie Wessex is the Queen’s ‘favorite’ and she is ‘trusted’ in a way Kate and Camilla are not

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