Sophie, Countess of Wessex, reflected on the loss of Prince Philip during her interview with Radio Five Live. The royal became emotional as she talked about special moments she shared with the Duke of Edinburgh.
The British royal family is still adjusting to life without Prince Philip following his death in April. Prince Edward's wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, shared about the grief that they are all still dealing with.
Sophie shared that although the loss isn't felt directly on a day-to-day basis, there are moments when the realization of his death hits her, and the grief becomes overwhelming.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex attends the Sung Eucharist for All Souls' Day service at Westminster Abbey on November 2, 2020 | Getty Image
The 56-year-old royal became emotional, holding back her tears as she spoke about a recent visit to Scotland that led to a moment of realization that the Windsor family patriarch is no longer with them. She shared:
"Well, he has left a giant-sized hole in our lives."
Prince Edward's spouse said that the family would take longer to mourn the tremendous loss because the COVID-19 pandemic removed the circumstances where they would normally have had to face Prince Philip's death.
The Countess of Wessex revealed that sitting in the interview was a moment when the reality of Prince Philip's death hit her. Hence, she was in the middle of an unexpectedly emotional moment.
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She said that it is something that she previously experienced with the loss of her mother, saying she would be fine until a piece of music or special memory triggered the grief and emotions.
Although Prince Edward, the Queen's youngest son, and his wife have been working as senior royals for some time, they have received an elevated profile in the royal family since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left the monarchy behind.
The Countess of Wessex has played a pivotal role in supporting Queen Elizabeth throughout the difficult time, with insiders claiming she is the reigning royal's favorite. The insider said:
“She is trusted and relied on by the Queen in a way I couldn’t say applied to the Duchess of Cambridge or the Duchess of Cornwall. She is like another daughter to Her Majesty.”
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Despite being beloved members of the royal family and their strong connections to Windsor Castle, Prince Edward and his wife opted not to give their children royal titles.
Sophie explained that they decided to ensure that their two children, Louise and James, knew that they would most likely have to work to earn a living.
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