Sophie, Countess of Wessex shows ‘semi-maternal’ relationship with Kate Middleton

Sophie, Countess of Wessex has seemed a natural in her royal role since she married Prince Edward. Kate Middleton became part of the Royal Family and is the wife of Prince William, 37. What does Sophie and Kate’s body language reveal about their relationship?


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After joining the Royal Family, Sophie started making appearances at official events.

The Countess took to the role naturally, body language expert Judi James told

She said: “When Sophie married Edward she was hailed as the new Diana, but what followed looked like a masterclass in hunkering in as the soap-opera-free royal bride who managed to be a stabilising influence on her husband while keeping press and royal fan attention to a minimum.”

Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, has been married to Prince William since 2011.

When she first joined the Royal Family, the mother-of-three may have taken tips from Sophie.

As Sophie appeared comfortable in her senior royal role, this could have inspired Kate, the expert claimed.

“This attitude must have made her the perfect royal wife to welcome and induct Kate into the Royal Family,” Judi added.

“Especially in the face of William’s horror of bringing Kate into the same circus that he watched his mother suffer.

“Sophie’s formula does appear to have been copied by Kate too as – so far – she has managed to tread the very fine line of creating interest that is positive but not unmanageable.”

Not only has Kate looked up to Sophie, the Countess seems happy to watch over Kate.

When together, their body language suggests Sophie has an almost maternal relationship with the Duchess.

Judi added: “Many of the poses of the two women together show Sophie face-checking Kate with quite strong bouts of watchful-looking eye contact to suggest she’s taking a semi-maternal approach.”


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Not only will Sophie look out for Kate, her body language suggests she wants to make sure she is happy.

“She’s also raised brows and what’s called a ‘pinging’ smile that implies she wants to ensure Kate is enjoying herself,” Judi commented.

“There is some mirroring when the two women walk together but it’s primarily Sophie projecting the stronger signals of relaxed confidence while Kate smiles happily at her side.”

Sophie’s confidence which might encourage Kate to act in a similar way as the two women mirror each other.

As well as looking up to Sophie, their body language suggests they are happy in each other’s company and get along well.

They both took on senior royal roles when they married their husbands.

In these positions, they will often step out to perform royal duties on behalf of the Queen.

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