Royal Family news: Sophie Countess of Wessex’s body language shows parenting

The Countess will be protective while still trying to give the young royals independence.

“Sophie’s body language with her children has always suggested a very proud and subtly protective approach from a mother keen to grow their confidence by setting her own strong example,” Judi told

“Sophie’s approach in public appears to be very hands-off.


“She often walks slightly ahead with an air of upbeat determination that should make her a role model for both her husband and her children.

“There are no signs of any fussing or anxiety and although she would be more tactile when they were younger, as the children have grown bigger she seems keen to allow them to be treated more as adults, joining in any fun like one of them.”

Sophie has been part of the Royal Family for more than 20 years.

But before this she lived a different life and had a successful career in public relations.

Not only does she try to set a good example for her children, Judi concluded by saying Sophie always seems on hand to reassure them if needed.

The 56-year-old will do this by showing them the lighter side of life.

“She holds her daughter’s hand in a gesture of caring reassurance, Sophie steps out with confidence and enthusiasm, sporting a wide grin,” Judi said.

“She seems to have been teaching her children the more positive side of royal life, making it look like fun rather than a chore or a duty.”

The royal line of succession – who outranks who?

The line of succession to the British throne dictates the order in which each member of the Royal Family would ascend to the throne.

It is also seen as a ranking of importance with the head of the line, the Queen, taking the place of ruler.

Older children come before younger children. Traditionally boys came before girls, but this law was changed on 26 March 2015 before the birth of Prince William’s first child.

Incredibly, Catholics are still excluded from the line of succession, as are children born outside of wedlock.

The royals, who usually stick to a strict protocol when appearing in public, often arrive at events in ascending order of importance, with the most important royal arriving last.

Prince Charles, 72, is currently first-in-line to the British throne, followed by Prince William, 38, his oldest son.

Then comes Prince William’s children, George, seven, Charlotte, five, and Louis, two, and they are followed by Prince Harry, 36. Prince Harry is succeeded by his son Archie Harrison, born in May 2019.

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