Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 54, officially joined the Royal Family in 1999, following her six-year relationship with Prince Edward, 55. The royal is reportedly very close to her mother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth II. Back in 2016, a royal aide told the Daily Mail: “She is like another daughter to Her Majesty, they are that close.” However, Sophie has previously spoken about life in the Royal Family – and in an unearthed interview, she recalled how she accidentally ended up holding up the Queen’s state banquet speech.
And, while she remembered the moment lightheartedly, it seems that this simple mistake resulted in “a look” which the Countess is unlikely to forget.
In the ITV documentary Our Queen, Sophie gave her first TV interview since joining the Royal Family.
And, during the unearthed film, the royal revealed one problem she had faced in the role.
Recalling the formal event of attending a state banquet, the Countess explained that she had found it tricky to navigate to where she was meant to be sitting, according to a seating plan.
“The moment you go into the ballroom at Buckingham Palace – actually it’s terrifying – because you just see a wall of people and you then think, ‘Oh help, I’ve got to find my chair’,” she said, according to the Belfast Telegraph Digital.
And, some confusion has, in the past, seen Sophie sit elsewhere rather in the seat that had been designated for her.
She divulged: ”Because I’m normally walking in with somebody who’s never visited before, they don’t know what they’re meant to be doing and I have to say on more than one occasion I’ve managed to sit in the wrong seat.”
Laughing about one instance when she was struggling to locate her chair, Sophie explained that the Queen had been about to begin making a speech.
But, the sovereign then spotted that her own daughter-in-law was still negotiating the seating arrangements – hence delaying the monarch.
The royal recalled: “But I shan’t forget the look that I got when I couldn’t find my chair and she was looking to do her speech – I decided I might study the notes a little more carefully next time.”
The Countess and Earl of Wessex are now parents of two, having had Lady Louise Windsor, 15, and James, Viscount Severn, 11.
They first met while Sophie was working in PR in 1987, and at the time, Prince Edward was dating her friend.
Years later, in 1993, the pair’s paths crossed again, and they later struck up a romance.
Fast forward six years and on January 6, 1999, they announced their engagement – trying the knot on June 19 that year.
Sophie is currently in India, on a five-day tour as Vice Patron of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust.
This will be the last time she will travel overseas in this role, due to the planned closure of the Trust in January 2020.