Royal secret weapon Sophie Wessex tipped to become Duchess of Edinburgh

Sophie Wessex has been dubbed the "royals' secret weapon" as she's tipped to become the new Duchess of Edinburgh.

The Countess of Wessex will become one of the few female senior members of the Royal Family, alongside Kate Middleton and Princess Anne, if her husband Prince Edward, the current Earl of Wessex, becomes the new Duke of Edinburgh.

In the past King Charles, who is in the process of deciding what the next generation of royals will be, has said he wishes to slim down the monarchy.

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Reports claim his decision will see the Countess inherit Queen Elizabeth’s title of the Duchess of Edinburgh, and have a bigger role within the Royal Family.

The Countess was close to Queen Elizabeth, as she telephoned Her Majesty every day and regularly visited her.

The Earl and Countess also only live a short distance away from Windsor Castle at their estate, Bagshot Park, and would often spend time with the Queen by walking their dogs together.

Sophie was also known to call Queen Elizabeth ‘mama’ and it was reported that the Queen helped the Countess deal with her mother’s death from stomach cancer in 2005.

The Countess is known for her hard work behind the scenes of the Royal Family, and some couriers are believed to refer to her as “the royals' secret weapon”.

In the past, the royal has admitted to struggling with royal duties but has said she has learned to “manage expectations” with help of Queen Elizabeth.

She said: “It took me a little while to find my feet.

"But I’ve met some incredible people during the time I’ve been doing royal duties."

The Countess is known for her passion for helping women, as she has worked with sexual violence survivors and founded the Women’s Network Forum, which promotes gender quality in the workplace.

It is thought that King Charles agreed with his father to make his brother a Duke, but speculation last year indicated that the new King may have changed his mind.

In a past interview with the BBC, Prince Edward seemed hesitant on if he would receive the new title, as he said: “It was fine in theory, ages ago when it was sort of a pipe dream of my father’s… and of course, it will depend on whether or not the Prince of Wales, when he becomes king, whether he’ll do that.”

However, royal experts seem to believe Edward will inherit the title, according to the Telegraph, as he has already taken over the responsibilities of Prince Philip’s successful Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.

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