How Sophie Wessex is ‘following footsteps’ of Princess Anne with new approach to royalty

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Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and her husband, Prince Edward, are “very much following in the same footsteps” as Princess Anne, according to royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams. He spoke to Express.co.uk about the inspiration that Sophie takes from her sister-in-law’s role as a working royal. He emphasised how the Princess Royal’s no fuss approach to engagements and duties had garnered her support.

He said: “I think over the decades there’s been enormous public respect for her work ethic.

“That’s basically what people expect from her, and that’s what she does.

“The Wessexes are very much following in the same footsteps.

“The Wessexes and Princess Anne are examples of the monarchy at its best.”

Mr Fitzwilliams continued: “But also they’re allowed because of their place in the pecking order to be less high profile, and that’s the way they like it.

“The royals do so many engagements each year, usually around 3500, it’s a huge number.

“The vast majority of them aren’t news as we usually see it.

“It’s tremendously important because it’s useful for so many charities, and it means so much to have royal endorsements.”

The royal expert added: “It gives you a cache, it attracts people, it means certain venues open up.

“Sometimes the royal is able to attend and so forth so it really is meaningful.

“If you’re talking about a slimmed down Royal Family, which is what Prince Charles is meant to want, it does mean that there’ll be fewer engagements, and that will affect those who don’t have royal patronages.”

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Due to the lockdown, public engagements have been stripped back massively, with many taking to the virtual world.

Both Anne and Sophie appeared in a joint Zoom call many members of the Royal Family joined in May to celebrate International Nurses Day.

They spoke to nurses around the world.

Throughout the nationwide isolation, Sophie was with Prince Edward and their children in their Bagshot Park residence just outside London.

Princess Anne retreated to her Gatcombe Park Estate in Gloucestershire where her daughter, Zara joined with her own family.

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