Sophie Wessex wouldn't let Prince Philip bully her, says author, who claims it was a 'relief' for the Queen

Sophie Wessex 'knew how to handle' Prince Philip, her late father-in-law, which Ingrid Seward credits with their closeness

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Sophie Rhys-Jones, Countess of Wessex wait for the start of the Epsom Derby at Epsom Downs racecourse on June 4, 2011 in Epsom, England. Carlton Hall had been the Bookmakers favourite to win the Derby, but came in third place, with Pour Moi winning.
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Sophie Wessex wouldn't let Prince Philip 'bully' her, says author Ingrid Seward. Discussing their bond in her book, Prince Philip Revealed: A Man of His Century, she explains why the Queen was often concerned about female family members being able to 'handle' the Duke.


Sophie Wessex tribute to Prince Philip  during a recent royal outing in Scotland, was an extra personal nod to their close bond. However, in the early days of their relationship, the Queen was worried it wouldn't be that way.

In her book, Prince Philip Revealed: A Man of His Century (opens in new tab), author Ingrid Seward explains, “She got on very well with Philip. She knew how to handle him."

Sophie Wessex has been praised as an 'asset' to the Royal Family, with her charming demeanor, and ability to roll with the punches. Who could forget when Sophie Wessex was attacked by a wild animal? Or her incredibly rare trait that Sophie Wessex shares with Meghan Markle?

The Royal Family Attend The Easter Church Service At St George'S Chapel, Windsor CastlePicture Shows; Queen Elizabeth Ii,Princess Eugenie,Lady Louise Windsor And Sophie Countess Of Wessex And Prince Philip .

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Talents, traits, and charm aside, to the Queen - she was a godsend. On the Countess' ability to get on with the Duke, Ingrid continues, “The Queen always found that a bit of a relief, if female members of the family knew how to handle Philip." Adding, “She made him laugh, and was not fazed by his abruptness. She would not let him bully her.”

Another factor, which is believed to have strengthened their bond was Lady Louise Windsor’s birth, as it marked a turning point for Prince Philip after a royal ‘snub’. So much so that the youngest female of the Queen's grandchildren was clearly his pride and joy.

Aoife Hanna
Aoife Hanna

Aoife is Junior News Editor at woman&home.

She's an Irish journalist and writer with a background in creative writing, comedy, and TV production.

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