Sophie of Edinburgh, formerly of Wessex, is relishing the perks of her new royal title. Now a duchess, Sophie no longer has to bow to her niece by marriage, Meghan, as the “Mirror” explains on this March 12, 2023.
A question of hierarchy. Sophie of Wessex became Sophie of Edinburgh this Friday, March 10, 2023, the birthday of her husband, Prince Edward. Charles III finally granted his brother the title of their late father, Philip of Edinburgh. A change of surname for the Wessex, but not only: the Duke and Duchess gain a step within the hierarchy and are therefore on a par with the Sussex, also Duke and Duchess, and especially with Meghan. As the Mirror points out on March 12, 2023, “Sophie is relieved. She no longer has to bow to a family member who has not only abandoned his royal duties, but has spent the last three years criticizing the institution for which Sophie works hard.”
Indeed, until this Friday, Sophie had to bow to the dukes, duchesses, princes and princesses of the royal family, Meghan Markle included, the latter having kept her title of Duchess of Sussex by leaving the United Kingdom. A discomfort for Sophie of Edinburgh who had offered her help to the wife of Prince Harry during his entry into the royal family, but had been pushed back curtly by Meghan. From now on, the two women are equal, and will be able to greet each other between duchesses, if by chance they were both at the coronation of Charles III and Camilla.
Sophie of Edinburgh, darling of the British
If Sophie of Edinburgh has found herself several times in the heart of the scandal in the past, she has redeemed an image since. Already put forward by her mother-in-law Elizabeth II at the time of the Megxit, holding then a place of choice with Kate Middleton, the wife of Prince Edward should also be much more solicited by Charles III now. Committed, but modest, this is the reason for her popularity. “Sophie is a reliable personality to take over the responsibilities that can no longer be assumed by Harry, Meghan and Andrew,” observes for example the royal journalist Phil Dampier. If her commitment and various positions honor her, Sophie of Edinburgh is also appreciated for the woman and mother she represents.
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