Original article from Kent Live
The passing of Prince Phillip left not only a nation grieving but a family mourning the loss of a husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.
During the Queen’s darkest hour, one lesser known member of the Royal Family is said to have provided her with ‘tremendous comfort’.
Sophie, The Countess of Wessex is Prince Edward’s wife and has shared a ‘wonderfully close’ relationship with The Queen for a number of years.
The Countess was raised in Brenchley in Tunbridge Wells and attended the West Kent College in Tonbridge during the 1970s.
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Following the death of Prince Philip on April 9, Sophie paid tribute to the Queen simply saying: “She is amazing”
A royal insider claims that the feeling is mutual with the relationship being likened to one between a ‘mother and daughter’.
The source told The Mirror: “The Countess has been a tremendous source of comfort to the Queen.
“The Queen is very practical in making sure everyone is okay and despite her tremendous grief at the passing she is no different.
“Sophie cherishes her relationship with the Queen and not only appreciates her guidance and wisdom throughout her own life, she is very protective of her.
“Their bond is very like a mother and daughter and the feeling of love and respect is quite mutual.
"It is very special.”
Despite being born in Oxfordshire, Sophie was raised in Homestead Farmhouse in Brenchley with her brother and parents.
Sophie is thought to have lived at the farmhouse until she married Prince Edward in 1999.
The 56-year-old attended Kent College before moving to West Kent College where she trained to become a secretary.
In 2002, Sophie became a full time working member of the Royal Family and is the patron of over 70 charities and organisations.
The Countess of Wessex works with charities helping disabilities, women's rights and agriculture.
The couple have two children who are fourteenth and fifteenth in line to the thrown.
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