The “disaster” of Sophie Wessex after her marriage to the royal family | royal | News

Sophie, 57, embarked on a whirlwind tour of New York last week for a series of royal engagements. During her four-day solo trip, she delivered a keynote speech at United Nations Headquarters. The Countess spoke passionately about the struggle faced by women and girls under the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. Prince Edward’s wife also dropped some of her patronages and planted a rose bush in the Queen Elizabeth II Garden in the Financial District.

Sophie’s trip to the Big Apple comes ahead of a series of other overseas visits on behalf of Her Majesty during her Platinum Jubilee year, celebrating 70 years of her reign.

This spring, the Earl and Countess of Wessex are due to travel to Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Sophie is known to be one of the monarch’s most trusted royals and is often entrusted with high profile engagements by her.

However, the Countess was not always the reliable figure she is today and has already suffered ‘disaster’ related to her career in the Royal Family, according to a royal expert.

Speaking for the 2018 Netflix documentary ‘The Royal Wives of Windsor’, historian David Starkey explained how Sophie controversially maintained her PR career after marrying royalty.

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He said: “There is of course an example of a royal wife from the previous generation who tried to maintain a professional life.

“It’s Sophie, Countess of Wessex. And it’s been a disaster.

Sophie and the Queen’s youngest son Edward were married in 1999 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.

These days, the couple and their children, Lady Louise Windsor, and James, Viscount Severn, form a strong royal unit.

However, in her early days with Edward, Sophie found herself in hot water during her career outside the Royal Family.

The Earl of Wessex had been production manager and co-chief executive of the television company he founded in 1993.

Historian Piers Brendon explained in the Netflix documentary the difficult balancing act for members of the royal family trying to pursue careers outside of business.

He said: “The problem is that if they are involved in any kind of business or commercial activity, their royalty gets in the way.

“Either they exploit it themselves or they are exploited by others.”

Writer and broadcaster Gyles Brandreth was also generally outspoken in his assessment of the Royal Family and their business interests.

He said: ‘You can’t be a royal Windsor bride and a PR girl. You simply cannot.

After the Wessexes got married and initially pursued their careers, the Queen created a set of guidelines for members of the royal family who want to continue having their own careers.

According to the rules, members of the royal family wishing to start a new job or business must first consult Lord Chamberlain, the most senior member of staff in the royal household.

“The Royal Wives of Windsor” is available on Netflix.

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