Sophie, Countess of Wessex dismissed the idea of stepping into Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s shoes

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down as senior royals last year

Sophie, Countess of Wessex visits Vauxhall City Farm on October 01, 2020 in London, England. Their Royal Highnesses see the farm's community engagement and education programmes in action
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Sophie, Countess of Wessex reportedly dismissed the idea that with Prince Harry and Meghan’s royal exit, she would take on a larger royal role.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and her husband Prince Edward are rumored to be two of the Queen’s favorite family members. When reports emerged that the Queen had put together a so-called new "Firm of Eight", both Sophie Wessex and Prince Edward were amongst the names believed to be part of it. However, despite her closeness to her mother-in-law the Queen, it seems the countess is not going to be filling the gap left by Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, any time soon. 

As reported by Express.co.uk, Sophie, Countess of Wessex previously spoke to journalist Christina Lamb for the Sunday Times Magazine. In the interview, Sophie Wessex revealed at the time that she would not be stepping into Prince Harry and Meghan’s shoes. 

The Countess reportedly disclosed: “We’ve all got our own little portfolios”.

“I don’t see anything changing, but if we’re asked to do more… I don’t know because it hasn’t really happened.”

She is understood to have later added: “I am pretty busy already, so I’m not sure how much more I can do.” 

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“There are only so many hours in the day,” Sophie Wessex explained. “People may pay more attention to what I am doing, but I remain as busy as I have ever been.”

Sophie, Countess of Wessex certainly has continued to carry out an impressive number of royal visits in recent months. 

Last year the Countess showcased her baking skills on two separate occasions when supporting great causes.

How did Sophie, Countess of Wessex help Meghan Markle?

Whilst she may not have stepped into Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s shoes since their royal exit, Ms. Lamb suggested that the countess "is said to have become a confidante to Meghan” during the Duchess of Sussex's time as a senior royal. 

During the interview, Sophie Wessex reportedly told Ms. Lamb: “Remember, I’d had five years to adjust, and for our six-month engagement I was even staying in Buckingham Palace” before going on to explain, “We all try to help any new members of the family.”

It’s also been claimed that she expressed her hope that Prince Harry and Meghan “will be happy”. 

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Duchess stepped down as senior members of the Royal Family last year. The two have made the move with their son Archie to California. Since then they have gone on to launch their exciting new podcast, Archewell Audio.

Though it's believed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are intending to reunite with the Royal Family, including Sophie, Countess of Wessex, this year for several significant royal events.

Emma Shacklock
Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.


Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.


In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for womanandhome.com. 


After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!