Sophie Wessex’s ‘strong’ and ‘confident’ parenting style with Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn revealed

Sophie, Countess of Wessex visits Forfar Golf Club to mark the 150th anniversary of the club on June 28, 2021 in Forfar
(Image credit: Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage via Getty)

Sophie Wessex is a devoted mother-of-two and according to a body language expert, her recent appearances have shown her “confident” approach to parenting in public.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Prince Edward have two children, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn. Following the death of the Queen’s husband of 73 years (opens in new tab), Prince Philip, the Wessexes have been observed taking on more royal responsibilities as they support her. Meanwhile, Sophie has recently spoken out about her daughter’s heartbreaking realisation (opens in new tab) after losing her grandfather. 

Philip and Louise shared a love of carriage driving and she was left two of his Fell ponies and riding carriage (opens in new tab) after his passing. He was likely in both Louise and Sophie's thoughts as they attended the Royal Windsor Horse Show last month.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Lady Louise Windsor and Sophie, Countess of Wessex watch the carriage driving marathon event as they attend day 3 of the Royal Windsor Horse Show

And it was at this prestigious event that Sophie’s “confident” parenting style reportedly came shining through. Opening up to, body language expert Darren Stanton analysed pictures of the family.

"In one picture, Sophie's posture and stride are confident and dominant. It is clear that she is the matriarch,” he claimed to the publication. "I think it’s clear from many of the pictures that Sophie is the strongest member of her family."

As well as her reported strength as the “matriarch” of the family, Darren also shared intriguing details about Sophie’s lovely choice to show motherly love in public.

Lady Louise Windsor and Sophie, Countess of Wessex seen carriage driving as they take part in The Champagne Laurent-Perrier Meet of the British Driving Society on day 5 of the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Home Park on May 13, 2018

Considering a sweet snap of another of Sophie's outings with Louise, he claimed, "This is a really nice genuine shot of Sophie displaying a genuine smile to her daughter.”

"Even though she is aware that the moment has been caught by the camera, she is not phased,” he continued. "It is clear she has a very strong personality and does not care about the cameras snapping pictures.”

"Sophie is a very strong and confident woman and she seems unfazed and the most comfortable with the press being present," Darren added. 

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, James, Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor take part in the Great British Beach Clean

This comes as Sophie recently shared her fears for her daughter (opens in new tab) as she approaches adulthood. The 17-year-old, who is not a princess (opens in new tab), has been spotted more frequently at royal events than her brother James in recent years. 

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live’s Naga Munchetty, Sophie expressed her hope that Louise would be able to live a relatively normal life for a while longer. 

“I have to let her live her life. It’s not mine to live. I can only equip her the best that I can, and then she has to make her own choices,” Sophie declared. 

Emma Shacklock
Senior Lifestyle Writer

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home,, and My Imperfect Life.