Sophie Countess of Wessex refuses to do what is ‘advised’ by royals to be more ‘authentic’

Sophie Wessex expresses delight at father receiving vaccine

Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Prince Edward have been married for more than 20 years. Sophie became a working royal shortly after her wedding and is a regular at royal engagements.

Even during the various UK coronavirus lockdowns, Sophie has kept up appearances with virtual engagements.

This week, she thanked key workers for the work during the pandemic via video link.

Sophie is often considered to have a close relationship with her in-laws, including Queen Elizabeth II.

This may be why she seems to have had a growing role in the Royal Family.

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Despite her close bond with the royals, a speech expert suggested Sophie still does some things her own way.

When making speeches, Sophie appears “relaxed”, CEO and founder of speech intelligence analysis gweek, James Bryce stated.

He told “Relaxed, yet composed and alert she makes her points efficiently, and with natural confidence.

“She asserts herself; she reads her co-speakers well and works out where her most impactful contribution could be.”

Members of the Royal Family will often deliver word perfect speeches with many members of the family having training for this.

At events, Sophie will deliver her messages clearly but the expert suggested she will do this unscripted or she will allow room for improvisation.

He continued: “She is unscripted, unrehearsed yet sufficiently planned in her mind, before she starts to speak.

“She engages with stories, and offers personal examples so that you can empathise with her. Her posture is relaxed, yet confident and assertive. She lets you see the real her.”

This week, Sophie opened up as she shared relief of her father receiving the coronavirus vaccine.

The expert claimed the royal will often veer away from scripts in order to share personal experiences and connect with who she is speaking to, which may be different from what is “advised” by royals.

“I think that – should she increase her number of formal engagements – she will maintain her sense of agile, authentic communication,” James said.

“Also, that she will not recourse to scripts and practised speech, which is so often the advised method when speaking to large groups.

“You may be word perfect, but you’ll never connect naturally with people.”

The mother-of-two often stayed out of the public eye before her wedding to Prince Edward.

However, she was no stranger to public speaking and had a career in public relations before they married.

Since joining the Royal Family, Sophie has represented the monarch at events all over the world.

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