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Does Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Have Any Children?

Titi Dokubo
Jun 03, 2022
03:50 P.M.
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In 1999, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, married Prince Edward, the Queen's son, and the couple has since welcomed children. Their children are not regarded as princes and princesses because Edward requested to become Earl of Wessex and chose to forgo being Prince.


Sophie has generally remained out of the public glare since her marriage began, making discreet appearances with the Queen and supporting her chosen charities, and has occasionally graced magazine covers.

Over the years, the Countess of Wessex has formed a very close bond with her mother-in-law, the Queen, and has often been called "the Queen's favorite." Sophie has received praise for her commitment to public service and support for the Queen and her husband.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, at Lord Mayor's reception for the National Service of Thanksgiving on June 03, 2022 | Source: Getty Images


In support of the family, Sophie attended the 2022 "Trooping the Colour" — the Queen's Birthday Parade — on June 2, 2022. She arrived with her family and wore a pink checkered coat dress which she accessorized with a matching hat.

After the procession, she went to the Buckingham Palace balcony, where she with her family, the Queen, and the other working royals stood for the flypast. The family limited the balcony appearance to the working Royals.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, at the "Trooping The Colour" on June 2, 2022 | Source: Getty Images



On November 8, 2003, they rushed Sophie to the hospital, where she welcomed her first child, Lady Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor. Lady Louise, who weighed 4lbs 9oz, was delivered via an emergency Caesarian section at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey.

Louise, who came one month early, became the first royal grandchild born in an NHS hospital. On December 17, 2007, Sophie welcomed her second child, a son, James Alexander Philip Theo Mountbatten-Windsor. He was also born by cesarean section and weighed 6lbs 2oz.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, James, Viscount Severn, Lady Louise Windsor, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex at the Southsea beach on September 20, 2020 | Source: Getty Images


Louise and James do not have hereditary titles. After their parents married, their father agreed with the Queen that his children would be addressed as Earl's children rather than His or Her Royal Highness.

They became the Queen's first male-line descendants not to have hereditary titles. While Louise is addressed as a Lady, James uses Viscount Severn, his father's subsidiary title, as a courtesy.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and their children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, at the "Trooping the Colour" on June 08, 2019 | Source: Getty Images



In 2001 Sophie lost their first baby after she collapsed in agony at their home and was airlifted to the hospital for an emergency operation. Doctors found that she had a potentially fatal ectopic pregnancy, in which the baby develops outside of the womb.

The Royal gynecologist Marcus Setchell immediately operated on the six-week pregnant Sophie, and the operation lasted nearly three hours. After the procedure, Sophie was reportedly tearful and "unbelievably sad."

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex at The Chelsea Flower Show on May 23, 2022 | Source: Getty Images


The Royal Family was shocked by the news because the couple had kept their pregnancy a secret as it was too early to make announcements. After the operation, Edward and Sophie were scared that she might never conceive again.

Sophie lost a considerable amount of blood during the operation and had to stay in the hospital under round-the-clock observation for at least five days. However, the doctors told her that her recovery would take a minimum of six weeks.