Duchess Sophie is the linchpin & a ‘brilliant bridge’ between royal generations…?

It’s been months since Sophie, the Duchess of Edinburgh (aka the Countess of Wessex) told us that she is the real linchpin of the monarchy. I kind of hoped that storyline died with QEII – Sophie was apparently very close to her mother-in-law, and Sophie was seen as “a safe pair of hands” for royal work in general. While King Charles is not particularly close to Sophie and Edward, he does seem to view them the same way – as neutral, not particular good but not bad, simply a safe choice. Now that Sophie and Ed’s biggest protector and champion is gone, they’re trying to cozy up to the remaining royals. Thus, we’re getting Daily Mail stories about how Sophie is super-close to William and Kate now.

The Prince and Princess of Wales are said to have formed a strong bond with the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh over recent months, it has been claimed. The past year has been particularly challenging for William and Kate, both 41, who have mourned the loss of Queen Elizabeth II and taken on new duties within the Royal Family – while a rift remains between the Prince of Wales and his estranged brother Prince Harry. However, a royal expert has claimed the royal couple have helped to managed challenges over the last year by forming a close friendship with Duchess Sophie, 57, and Prince Edward, 59.

Jennie Bond, a former royal correspondent for the BBC, has said: ‘Sometimes it seems strange to realise that these are two different generations of royals as they seem much closer.’ She added the couples have formed a ‘tight bond’ during difficult times, with both Harry and Meghan’s departure to the US, Prince Andrew being stripped of royal titles and Queen Elizabeth’s death.

‘Sophie, in particular, is a wonderfully empathetic woman. The late Queen regarded her as another daughter,’ Ms Bond told OK! Magazine. She added the Duchess acts as a ‘brilliant bridge’ between generations.

Ms Bond explained the royal women were ‘key’ members of the royal family and that members of the public have welcomed Sophie into the royal fold with open arms, particularly after her outpouring of grief following the deaths of Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth.

William and Kate have reportedly ‘closed their minds’ to the possibility that a rift with Harry and Meghan can be fixed. Sophie, who has been married to Prince Edward, since 1999, has been known to step in to soothe tensions on a number of occasions. Following the funeral of Prince Philip, in 2021, she is said to have sought out Harry and spoken with him for some 30 minutes. Additionally, other reports say Sophie was the first royal to visit the Sussexes at Frogmore Cottage after the birth of their son Archie in 2019. Sophie also shared a car with Meghan at the Queen’s funeral, travelling behind members of the Royal Family walking on foot.

[From The Daily Mail]

This is the first I’m hearing about Sophie being Archie’s first royal visitor, and it’s the first time I’m hearing that Sophie spoke to Harry for 30 minutes after Philip’s funeral. The funeral story is particularly curious, given all of the storylines at the time were about how KATE sought out a conversation with Harry, that Kate was the great linchpin of the monarchy, that Kate was going the most to heal the rift. Now Sophie is taking credit for it? Fascinating. Besides, Harry corrected the record on his grandfather’s funeral in Spare – arrangements were made and he met his father and brother for a conversation outdoors in Windsor, where William lunged at him and grabbed at him violently. Anyway, Sophie is sly, she cozies up to whoever she thinks will help her.

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  1. Cessily says:

    I saw the headline and immediately thought, “Oh, is it Wessex season again in the cycle?” 🤦🏻‍♀️

  2. Tessa says:

    Trying to make Sophie happen again. I don’t think she’s close to harry. She acted like a mean girl to the sussexes at the commonwealth service in 2020.

    • Wannabefarmer says:

      There’s a picture of the funeral where sophie is giving someone what looks like a dirty look, she’s looking in Meg’s direction but Charlotte is look at her, always wondered if that look was directed at Meg or Charlotte or neither.

  3. Caitlin says:

    Small detail but she’s not 57. Another example of the Fail’s sloppy fact checking I guess

    • Sportie says:

      Sloppy fact checking, yes. I also suspect that they have tons of pre-written templates and when they get up in the morning and are given their orders for the day, they just pull out the one that fits and inserts current person/info/specifics etc.

  4. equality says:

    Same old, same old. But interesting that Sophie thinks linking her name with H&M will gain her something in her PR.

  5. We have a new savior. This won’t set well with Can’t. In Can’ts mind she is the savior so Sophie is stepping on her toes. The drama continues on Another Royal Cult episode.

    • Josephine says:

      i’m wondering if sophie thinks that kkkate’s position is vulnerable and is moving in to that space. i’m pulling up a chair for the in-fighting.

    • Lau says:

      Yeah it does sound like she phasing her out, she wouldn’t be using the exact same expressions that were once used for can’t otherwise. This family is so dysfunctional my god.

  6. Amy Bee says:

    I remember Sophie talking about having a nice chat with Harry at Philip’s funeral. It was in one of those interviews she and Edward did after Philip’s death. Sophie has been sucking up to William and Kate for years and she’s not the linchpin as she ignored Meghan and Harry at the Commonwealth Day service.

  7. Izzy says:

    Yes, we’ve all seen the photos of Sofiesta being “empathetic” to Meghan using her facial expressions with so much vitriol it could melt glass.

    • BlueNailsBetty says:

      Right? Bringing up Betty’s funeral and how Sophie and Meghan shared a car is…a choice. Sophie looked pissed off at having to ride in the car. Not sad, not in grief, just irritated that she got stuck with Meghan. Granted, I’m basing that on photos so I could be way off base but Sophie is not the caring maternal figure to the younger royals that she is spewing to the press.

      Also, if she was so close to Harry wouldn’t we already know that? We know Eugenie is close to him, Fergie is fond of him, and Anne is, at the least, friendly and welcoming to him (and probably fond of him) but we never hear about Sophie’s relationship with Harry.

      But whatever, Sophie, you keep trying to sell Lynchpin II: Electric Boogaloo and leaking bs to the press and see how well that goes over with The Drab Four.

  8. Amy says:

    Do the comms staff/tabloid editors have a wheel they spin to land on these phrases? Khate was the “keen” “lynchpin” last year and now it’s Sophie? Are they throwing darts to come up with these plot lines? It’s all a fiction.

  9. YeahRight says:

    Funny how the man himself didn’t mention having a conversation with her after his grandfather’s funeral or her coming to visit Archie in his book.

    • Taytanish says:

      This right here. Sofiesta can go kick rocks, she’s never been nice to the Sussexes. That video of the commonwealth comes to mind, she completely mean girled both Sussexes while desperately trying to suck to the Cambridges’ asses so hard. Sofiesta is an opportunist and master manipulative hot smoke blower, always has been always will be.

    • Barb Mill says:

      Truthfully did he mention Sofiesta at all in Spare? If he did I don’t remember it.

  10. ML says:

    WanK were publicly seen driving Uncle Paedrew to church. CRex just granted PA Royal Lodge, showing that his little brother is very much part of the family. Now Sophie is loudly proclaiming herself to be a key, bridge-building linchpin between the generations?
    Sophie sucks up to power, and there seems to be a power struggle going on between Pennington and Peggington at the moment.

  11. The Old Chick says:

    And no one mentions the reason she had to cosy up to qe2 and PP was the fake sheik scandal. Anyways, we have a new keen linchpin blah blah safe pair of hands. Sophie’s not brilliant (she went broke and fell fur aforementioned fake sheik) but she knows where bread gets buttered.. She’s never going against willy.

    I read ‘she spoke to Harry for 30 mins!’ in Mrs Bennett’s voice. She’d think that was impressive too.

    • Debbie says:

      Good for you for mentioning the fake sheik scandal Sophie had. It just seems like the BM conveniently “forgets” all the past infractions when writing about the BRF, like who flashed what country while on tour and who bad-mouthed the queen to whom. Yet, they never forget to mention the number of bathrooms in a certain Montecito mansion.

    • bisynaptic says:

      LOL Brenda Blethyn.

  12. tamsin says:

    Weasel words such as “is said to have” and “it is reported” signals immediately that it is a propaganda piece and spun from whole cloth. “Wonderfully empathetic woman” indeed!

    • Where'sMyTiara says:

      Everyone could see how “wonderfully empathetic” Fiesta was after her motorcade murdered a pensioner and she larked about at a horse event the following weekend. They can see it every time she glares at Meghan, tries to look through Harry, and gurns obsequiously at the Waleses.

      The Wessexes’ desperation to stay relevant to the palaces and media, plus the media using them as a stick to poke Workshy & Wiglet with. That’s all this story really screams to me.

  13. Over it says:

    There is nothing smoothing or empathetic about sophie . She looks like a mean girl and acts like one . I can still remember her vile behavior towards Meghan at Betty funeral In and out of that car . Jenny bond should consider fanfic as her career.

  14. Eurydice says:

    Didn’t William and Sophie go together to some event this summer – is the top photo from that? I don’t remember the event, but I do remember he seemed much more relaxed with Sophie that he ever is with Kate.

    • Saucy&Sassy says:

      Eurydice, that’s what I thought of, too. Wont could do more engagements with Sophie, and it would look better because he is so much more relaxed.

  15. Mary Pester says:

    So the EX Royal correspondent, says that Sophie did this, that and the other, when in fact Sophie did fk all apart from try and white wash her past with LIES. We know that it’s lies, because Harry laid it all out in his book, and we SAW the way she treated Megan! Royal etiquette says the first person to visit a royal new born is the Queen, and she DID visit Harry, Megan and Archie, not Sophie!
    This is to make people forget about her past scandals with the fake Sheik and the more recent death of that poor lady!, now couple that with the fact that Kate is on her way out the door!! What is Sophie hoping for,??? And will camzilla cut her of at the knees

    • Jais says:

      What is Sophie hoping for? Interesting question. I’m guessing she wants to stay a working royal with a generous salary so she can maintain upkeep of her huge house. Beyond that, is she hoping for something more idk? To be seen as the new keen lynchpin?

    • The Old Chick says:

      That pegs /fiesta engagement was interesting. I wonder if Sophie’s hoping if peg and buttons get divorced, she steps into the breach as buttons ‘royal duties’ replacement (not with willy, just the role) while he spreads wings /sews oats /finds a new POW. Remember Diana made some remark about fiesta wanting to be like her? Something like that. She wants power and position and money and being pegs new plus one (again, work only) she’d get that.

  16. MaryContrary says:

    She’s got another 30 plus years that she needs to be supported, and I’m sure she’s trying to set up her kids too. Sucking up to the next King and Queen to ensure she and her family are taken care of-it’s obvious that’s her whole MO.

  17. HeatherC says:

    Bridge between what generations? The super elderly, elderly and upper middle aged? Because she is certainly, from my view, the bridge to anyone under 45. Maybe even under 50. But I can’t slam her hustle, I really can’t. She needs to align herself to whoever to keep her lifestyle and she is hustling for it.

  18. Lili says:

    If she had been a better in law I’m sure her Daughter could have interned at any of her cousin uncle’s company’s,

  19. Becks1 says:

    So I have heard the Archie story before, I cant remember where I heard it – but the story was that Sophie just popped in and visited, she didn’t make an appointment or “follow protocol” for who should meet the baby in what order – she just stopped in as an aunt, not as a royal.

    now that doesn’t mean the story is TRUE, but its definitely been out there for a while.

    Sophie has been awful in public to the Sussexes so……

  20. BeanieBean says:

    This is actually pretty insulting to Sophie & Edward, implying as it does that W&K’s grief is somehow greater than theirs. And I don’t care how many times they write it, W&K’s ‘work’load did not increase after the Queen’s death. Their names changed & they got even more insufferable, but their lives continue as before.

  21. AnnaKist says:

    Yeah, yeah, They are all effing brilliant..🙄

  22. Beverley says:

    Stale, pale, leftover Sophie. Boring, bland, ho-hum. I haven’t forgotten how icy and angry Sophie seemed in that car with Meghan during QE2’s funeral. Horrible racist Sophie and useless racist Kate are the “saviors” of the monarchy? Tough breaks.

  23. Murphy says:

    Shh, Sophie, no one cares.

  24. QuiteContrary says:

    Her delight in accompanying Bill on that one appearance was unseemly. She was almost giddy.

  25. Krista says:

    Didn’t Soph and Ed try to make a documentary on Will & Harry after Diana passed and they were underage students? Back when they tried to produce for TV and the Queen had to bail them out? She’s as slimy as the rest.

    • Cairidh says:

      The press agreed to leave William alone whilst he was at St. Andrews. They did his arrival photocalls and interviews and then left. Except edwards company who were seeing filming around the town. Wasn’t Sophie, just Edward.

  26. Jensa says:

    It’s odd isn’t it that this is always about Sophie and not Edward. Lady Macbeth vibes.
    Anyway, I’m sure she would like to position herself as escort to the ghastly William should his useless vapid wife prove unavailable (as she has done before). It still doesn’t mean Sophie is happening.

  27. Carolind says:

    None of us know what the royals are really like and they are not perfect but I quite like Sophie as much as I like any of then. She has charities she has a genuine interest in like eyesight because of her daughter’s sight problems. Edward was always said to be closest to Princess Anne of his siblings and Edward was said to be Philip’s favourite son.

  28. jferber says:

    In the first pic, William looked SO much more comfortable with Sophie than he has ever looked with Kate. I could almost believe that THEY were the (happily) married couple. Even though he’s “only” 41, he looked like a perfect match for her and the vibe was really chill. And that’s his aunt! Also, it IS possible to see Will walk next to a woman he doesn’t actively hate and disdain. The sourness of seeing William to a large degree is the absolute ass he makes of himself with his very visible contempt for Kate. He’s the most arrogant, unlikable bloke in the world next to Kate, but looks, can I say normal? with Sophie. I know he’s unbearable and broken in so many ways, but being next to Kate seem to magnify his worst qualities.

    • Beverley says:

      Agreed. In these photos, Will and Sophie seem to be around the same age. The future king is aging at light speed!