Meghan Markle and Prince Harry seem to have found an ally in 'incredibly empathetic' Sophie, the Countess of Wessex

Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, had also invited Markle to several church services and enjoyed watching old movies together

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry seem to have found an ally in 'incredibly empathetic' Sophie, the Countess of Wessex
The Countess of Wessex seems to have developed a friendly bond with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images and Phil Noble - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: The relationship between the Duchess of Sussex and the Countess of Wessex has come to light after the duo traveled in the same car. Meghan traveled with Sophie by car, following The Queen Consort and the Princess of Wales, on the procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall. The 57-year-old has been married to the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Edward, 58, since 1999, and the pair share two children, one of which is the favorite granddaughter of the Queen, Lady Louise Windsor, 18, and the other one being James Viscount Severn, 14.

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She and the now Queen Consort were the only non-blood relatives to be at Balmoral after the monarch's death with Sophie previously described as a 'second daughter' to the late monarch. Sophie was also the first member of the royal family to visit the Sussexes following the birth of Archie in 2019, going to the couple's Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, according to Valentine Low's write-up in The Times. A source told the outlet that Sophie is 'normal' and has an empathy that perhaps others in the Firm "don't naturally have".

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Prince William, Prince of Wales, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex walk as procession with the coffin of Britain's Queen Elizabeth arrives at Westminster Hall from Buckingham Palace for her lying in state on September 14, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: Prince William, Prince of Wales, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex walk as procession with the coffin of Britain's Queen Elizabeth arrives at Westminster Hall from Buckingham Palace for her lying in state on September 14, 2022 in London, United Kingdom (Photo by Phil Noble - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

They said "She did the right thing. She got in the car and went over. She has got the empathy and warmth that maybe people who grew up in that family don’t naturally have. Normal people would think this is what you do. You go; you make sure the new mum is OK and see the baby." Sophie has also been described as "incredibly empathetic" by Mark Foster-Brown, who attended Cambridge University alongside Edward. He told The Times that the Countess also shares a close bond with the Princess of Wales, describing the "line of communication" between the two women as "incredibly important". 

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Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex are given a tour of The Chelsea Flower Show 2022 at the Royal Hospital Chelsea on May 23, 2022 in London, England. The Chelsea Flower Show returns to its usual place in the horticultural calendar after being cancelled in 2020 and postponed in 2021 due to the Covid pandemic. This year sees the Show celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee and also a theme of calm and mindfulness running through the garden designs.
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 23: Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex are given a tour of The Chelsea Flower Show 2022 at the Royal Hospital Chelsea on May 23, 2022 in London, England (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

"Sophie is incredibly empathetic. If you are a supporter of the royal family, you would hope that that would be a key relationship", Mark added. Sophie, who grew up in a middle-class family and founded a PR firm before joining the Royal Family, has been compared with Meghan as they both underwent a huge transition on joining the families. The monarch also invited her to several church services together and they enjoyed watching old movies together. Her Majesty was also extremely close to Sophie's children, her youngest grandchildren, Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount James.

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Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are driven in a car during the procession for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II on September 14, 2022 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are driven in a car during the procession for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II on September 14, 2022 in London, England (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

An insider previously told the Sun "The Queen loves the fact that Louise and James relish their time at Balmoral, and she has become particularly close to Louise, who seems to have become her favourite grandchild, closely followed by James."

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave after a service for the reception of Queen Elizabeth II's coffin at Westminster Hall, on September 14, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave after a service for the reception of Queen Elizabeth II's coffin at Westminster Hall, on September 14, 2022 in London, United Kingdom (Photo by Ben Stansall - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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