PUBLISHED: 18:16, Mon, Nov 2, 2020 | UPDATED: 22:55, Mon, Nov 2, 2020
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Prince Edward dated for around six years before they married in 1999. Since then, Sophie has thrown herself into a role as working royal and appears to have a close relationship with her in-laws.
At the time of their wedding, however, some members of the Royal Family may have been wary, body language expert Judi James explained.
Prince Edward was the last of his siblings to get married and is the only of the Queen's children to have not divorced.
Because of this, Judi suggested Prince Philip may have been wary about Prince Edward and his wife.
She said: "For Sophie this historic background could have seen her relationship with her often irascible father-in-law going one of two ways.
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Sophie Countess of Wessex: She is the daughter-in-law of Prince Philip (Image: GETTY)
Sophie Countess of Wessex: She has shown a good relationship with Prince Philip (Image: GETTY)
"Either his wariness of a woman once described as ‘the new Diana’ when she first entered the Royal Family could have led to an arms-length wariness, or she could have been welcomed as the royal bride who stuck it out and made it work."
Although Sophie had little experience as a working royal before her wedding, she quickly took to the role.
She is thought to have a good relationship with the Queen and Judi explained how she won over Prince Philip.
The expert added: "Over recent years it’s been clear that Sophie’s stoic approach has worked and even won over Prince Philip, who appears to relish being in her company almost as much as the Queen does.
"Sophie’s calm, unfussy and upbeat-looking body language and behaviour seems to have impressed the Queen years ago and the pair are said to be close.
"But it’s probably her relationship with Philip that is the real revelation in the