Sophie Wessex snub: Countess missing from BBC’s Prince Philip Royal Family tribute

Royal family honour Prince Philip in BBC documentary

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Sophie, The Countess of Wessex who has been described as Her Majesty’s “rock” in recent years and especially since the death of Prince Philip, was notably missing from the teaser trailer for the documentary. Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton are also reported not to have given interviews for the documentary. When aired, the documentary will feature “more than a dozen” members of the Royal Family, so it is possible that Sophie may appear in the film. 

Royally US podcast host Molly Mulshine said: “It’s interesting to see who is participating and who isn’t.

“From the trailer, we see Price Harry, Prince William, and Zara Tindall, who obviously are Prince Philip’s grandchildren.

“He has many other grandchildren as well, I’m not sure if they’re participating, it seems like they’re not, none of the spouses who married in seem to be participating.” 

The film will also feature never-before-seen footage from Her Majesty’s private collection. 

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The project was first commissioned for a celebration of The Duke of Edinburgh’s 100th birthday, which would have been on June 10th.

Some of the interviews were recorded before his death in April. 

In the trailer, we can hear Prince Harry reflecting on the Duke, saying: “What you see is what you got with my grandfather, he was, unapologetically him.” 

Zara Tindall added that “you never really prepared yourself for losing him because he was always there.” 

Prince Charles closes the clip by saying: “We were lucky to have him for nearly 100 years.”

The Duke married Queen Elizabeth II in 1947, making him the longest-serving consort in The British Royal’s history. He undertook 22,191 official solo engagements during his career. 

The BBC noted: “There are poignant recollections, plenty of humour, and numerous fresh insights into the character and legacy of this royal pioneer.”

“With special access to the Queen’s private cine-film collection, this film is an unrivalled portrait of a man with a unique place in royal history – by those who knew him best.”


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Her Majesty the Queen is not listed as a contributor, but features in the never before seen footage. 

Prince Philip was known for his quick wit and occasional awkward gaffes that sometimes landed him in hot water. 

He was also known for his naval career, which ended in 1951, due to the deteriorating health of King George VI to allow him to support then Princess Elizabeth. 

Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers airs Wednesday 22 September at 9pm on BBC One.

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