How Prince Edward and Sophie evolved from PR mistakes to be frontline royals
She would have a lot to read over the next five odd years. The couple’s relationship was surprisingly modern – Smith and Gibbs write that Sophie had her own bedroom at Buckingham Palace. According to Sophie’s kiss, one of Sophie’s favorite stories was when Edward attempted to sneak into her bedroom, only to trip over one of the Queen’s corgis outside her mother’s door, causing the dog to howl and forcing it back to her room. bedroom.
That Sophie was increasingly seen as part of the royal family with no real commitment made the language speak. In 1996, Edward broke down when Radio schedules the reporter asked him when he would ask the question. “If you shut up, mind your own business, and let me do it whenever I want, there’s a much higher chance that will happen.” “
Part of Prince Edward’s frustration may have been due to the family drama. According to Smith and Gibbs, Edward’s engagement plans were scuttled by Princess Diana’s infamous 1995 interview with Martin bashir. According to The New York Post, there was no love lost between the late princess and Sophie, whom Diana would one day call “Little Miss Goody Two Shoes”.
In December 1998, Edward finally proposed to Sophie while on vacation in the Bahamas. According to Parkinson, Sophie replied, “Yes, yes please.” During the photoshoot announcing their engagement, Edward acknowledged their lengthy courtship display. “It’s impossible to understand why it took me so long, but I don’t think it would have been right before, and I don’t think she would have said yes,” he explained, by Parkinson .
In keeping with the couple’s modern sensibilities, their June 19, 1999 wedding at St. George’s Chapel was informal by royal standards. The late start time, 5 p.m., was perfect for TV, and hats weren’t needed, although the Queen Mother wore one anyway. The couple also invited 8,000 members of the public to the Windsor grounds to watch the ceremony live on large video screens. According to Parkinson, their cheers could be heard inside the chapel.
But what should have been a happy new chapter for Sophie and Edward quickly turned into a series of public relations disasters. First, their wedding gift registry, with items including a $ 99,270 tea set, was made public and received critical media reports, according to Maclean’s. Then in 2001, Sophie, then co-owner of the public relations firm R-JH, was registered by World news journalists posing as sheikhs of the Middle East seeking to do business.
In the gang, Sophie denigrated everyone for Cherie Blair-which she called “horrible” – to Charles and Camille, which she called “number one out of the 10 most unpopular people”. Most damning, she seemed to abuse her royal connections, saying, “When people find out that we work for you, there’s a good chance people are interested in you. [They’ll say,] “Oh, my God, they hired the Countess of Wessex’s PR firm. “
Sophie has stepped down from the presidency of the public relations firm, according to The Washington Post. About a year later, Prince Edward reportedly announced he would be leaving Ardent, his ailing television production company, which according to Andy beckett of The Guardian, had become an industry joke. “If I get a CV and see something Ardent on it, I always ask why,” a TV producer told Beckett.
With their ‘normal’ professional life over, the Wessexes retreated to their home in Bagshot Park, just 10 miles from Windsor Castle. They seem to have grown closer and closer to the Queen and Prince Philip. According to Seward, Sophie’s closeness to the Queen was evident in 2003, when a placental abruption during her pregnancy with her first child, Lady Louise, forced an emergency cesarean. The Queen visited Sophie in the hospital, which was very unusual.
After the birth of their son, James, in 2007, Wessexes matured in their new jobs as full-time royals. “I had to lower my expectations of what I could actually do,” Sophie said. Sunday Times in 2020. “I couldn’t just show up at a charity and go, okay, I think you should, because that’s what I used to do in my professional life. I had to step back a lot and go, OK they want you to be the icing on the cake, the person to come in thanking their volunteers and their funders, not necessarily telling them how to run their communication plan.
In 2019 alone, according to Sunday Times, Sophie attended 236 official engagements (more than Prince William). Sophie has also been involved in serious causes and embarked on high-profile solo trips, including a trip to India in 2013 to highlight the plight of the blind and a much-loved trip last year to South Sudan. South to draw attention to sexual violence against women and girls.