Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex will ‘step up’ and take on more public duties in the absence of the Queen, a royal insider claims.
The weekend revealed that the 94-year-old monarch will remain in Windsor Castle indefinitely, with all of her public duties on hold until the coronavirus threat disappears.
Meanwhile, senior assistants have put together a program called the Royal Task Force to expand the public presence of The Firm, reports The mirror.
Edward, 56, and his wife Sophie, 55, play a key role, while Her Majesty is in constant contact with Prince Charles and Prince William.
Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex (pictured on Mersea Island, Essex in March) will ‘step up’ and take on more public duties during the Queen’s absence, a royal source has claimed
A royal source told the publication: “During the crisis, there will be much more interaction between the family members.
Her Majesty has issued instructions that, after a turbulent period for the family last year, now is the time to heal and have a united front and get back to the basics of what the monarchy is for – her only belief is that it goes back to the basis of duty. ‘
They added that the Queen is “more determined than ever to return when the time is right.”
In recent weeks, Prince Charles, 71, and the Wessexes have opened NHS Nightingale hospitals through a video link, while Sophie has shared homeschooling tips with parents via Instagram to boost morale.
The weekend revealed that the 94-year-old monarch will remain in Windsor Castle indefinitely, with all of her public duties on hold until the coronavirus threat disappears
Previously described as the royal family’s ‘secret weapon’ by royal journalist and author Victoria Murphy, it was revealed last month that Sophie, mother of Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn, secretly volunteered to make lunches for NHS personnel during the pandemic.
She also took part in a video call with the Thames Valley Air Ambulance, of which she is a patron, to congratulate them on their work with the NHS during the crisis, and helped publish advice from the children’s charity NSPCC and the National Autistic Society.
The Earl and Countess of Wessex, who are currently isolating at their home in Bagshot Park, Surrey, and the Princess Royal, are also video calling several veterans who flew Lancaster bombers and raised a glass on VE Day to learn about their experiences in the war.
Previously described as the royal family’s ‘secret weapon’ by royal journalist and author Victoria Murphy, it was revealed last month that the Countess, mother of Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn, secretly volunteered to make lunches for NHS personnel during the pandemic
An insider from the palace told The Mirror Sophie that it is “one of the nicest people you could ever meet,” adding, “She works incredibly hard, no-nonsense and she really cares about people and the goals she works.
‘The public has also seen that and the crisis has seen them more and more. That can only be good for everyone involved. ‘
Last week, Ingrid Seward claimed that the Countess, 55, approaches her role on The Firm in a ‘no-nonsense way’ and said she ‘continues to do things regardless of attention.’
Since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex retired as senior members of the royal family earlier this year, The Firm has gathered to ensure that his charities are well supported.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who are currently isolating in their Norfolk home, Anmer Hall, have held regular Zoom meetings with front-line NHS staff and school staff and students of key workers, as well as various charities.
Prince William, 37, and Kate, 38, also spoke to World War II veterans last week ahead of VE Day’s 75th birthday last week.
This is believed to be the monarch’s longest absence from her official duties in her 68-year reign, and her schedule is not expected to resume until autumn at the earliest.
A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said the Queen is still “ busy ”, speaking to the prime minister by phone weekly, and receiving her daily red boxes of government papers.
She added that Her Majesty will follow “appropriate advice on engagements” and maintain contact with her family through telephone and video calls.