Buckingham Palace is a ‘lot calmer’ without Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ‘kicking off,’ a source has claimed.
The Duke, 35, and Duchess of Sussex, 39, stepped down as senior royals in March, last year and moved to the US where their son Archie, where they are now living in a $14 million mansion in California.
And with Prince Andrew being removed from all duties following the scandal surrounding his friendship with paedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, The Firm have been left without three working royals.
‘One of the main issues with Harry and Meghan when they were part of the working family was their inability to understand how things worked,’ a source claimed, according to The Mirror.
‘It’s been a lot simpler without them kicking off over why they couldn’t just do what they wanted. ‘Things are a lot calmer.’
Buckingham Palace is a ‘lot calmer’ without Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ‘kicking off,’ a source has claimed. Pictured, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Peter Phillips and Prince Harry during the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on April 17, 2021 in Windsor
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While Prince Charles is reportedly working out how things will look with future engagements following his father Prince Philip’s death last Friday, aged 99, it’s thought Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex, who has been hailed as the royal family’s ‘secret weapon’ at a time of turmoil, will be stepping up to help.
Other support will come from the Duchess of Cornwall, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Anne.
Writing for Town & Country, royal journalist and author Victoria Murphy told how Sophie, wife of Prince Edward, the Queen’s youngest son, has become a stalwart member of the royal family thanks to her down to earth nature and quietly assured approach to her royal duties.
‘Her work does not regularly receive the kind of media attention that the younger royals command, but Sophie, now 55, has become a stalwart member of the “firm”,’ Murphy wrote, adding: ‘The spotlight on Sophie has intensified in the vacuum left as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle step back.’
The Countess of Wessex has been hailed the ‘secret weapon’ of the royal family, and is ‘down to earth’ but not afraid to tell people if she disagrees with them. She is pictured with the Earl of Sussex at the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey
Sophie is recognised to be the Queen’s favourite royal, and Nash agreed the Her Majesty is ‘particularly fond of her. She is pictured with Queen Elizabeth at Royal Ascot in 2019
Meanwhile people who have worked with the Countess of Wessex on a professional level told Murphy that they admired her ability to say what she thinks while still remaining polite.
Amanda Pullinger, CEO of 100 Women in Finance, insisted Sophie ‘really is down to earth’. She said: ‘She actually presents herself as an ordinary person and I think that is increasingly what the royal family needs to do.
‘It’s interesting—she’s not nicey nicey. Of course she’s polite, but she’ll tell you what she thinks. If she disagrees she’ll say, and she’s done it to me a number of times. ‘
Sophie lives at Bagshot Park in Surrey, with Edward and their two children James, Viscount Severn, 12, and Lady Louise Windsor, 16.
She is recognised to be the Queen’s favourite royal, and Nash agreed the Her Majesty is ‘particularly fond of her’.
It is often Sophie who’s picked to travel with the Queen when she is attending church services at either Sandringham or Balmoral.
She wins the coveted spot as the monarch ‘finds her presence soothing’ and likes to be ‘completely calm before church’.
It is believed that the mother is now seen by the Queen as the Royal Family’s safest pair of hands, because her marriage to Prince Edward has lasted, while Charles, Anne and Andrew have all been divorced.
Pictured, Countess of Wessex, James Viscount Severn and Prince Edward Trooping the Colour ceremony in London on 08 June 2019