The Countess of Wessex cut a casual figure as she continued her volunteering efforts by packing food parcels for healthcare staff on Tuesday – just days after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s Oprah Winfrey interview caused shockwaves across the globe.
Sophie Wessex, 56, opted for a short padded khaki jacket and blue jeans as she was pictured volunteering with Nourish Our Nurses, which works to deliver nourishing, healthy food to Surrey’s NHS staff amid the coronavirus pandemic.
A series of snaps were posted on the Nourish Our Nurses Twitter page, alongside a caption which read: ‘It was a pleasure to welcome back HRH The Countess of Wessex on Tuesday to help volunteer with Nourish Our Nurses.
‘The Countess once again helped our cause, lifting and packing with our other volunteers.’
It marks Sophie’s first engagement since the bombshell interview, where Meghan claimed that an unnamed royal – not the Queen or Duke of Edinburgh – raised concerns about Archie being ‘too brown.’
There has been much speculation about which member of the royal family they were accusing of racism. But during the interview the couple would not be drawn on who had deeply offended them.
The Countess of Wessex (pictured), 56, cut a casual figure as she continued her volunteering efforts by packing food parcels for healthcare staff onTuesday
The Countess, who is married to the Queen’s youngest son Prince Edward, could be seen wearing gloves as she carried large cardboard boxes filled with fresh fruit and vegetables.
Meghan also made allegations that she felt suicidal and turned to the palace for help.
But living up to her stoic reputation, Aophie Wessex quietly returned to work and could be seen wearing gloves as she carried large cardboard boxes filled with fresh fruit and vegetables.
The royal, who wore her blonde hair loose and tucked behind her ears, donned a cable knit beige jumper and floral patterned face mask.
Completing the laidback look, Sophie, who is married to the Queen’s youngest son Prince Edward, added a pair of black comfy boots and a subtle, dainty necklace.
Nourish our Nurses was founded by Jo-Ann Airikkala, who was inspired to start the scheme after learning of a friend’s experience as a nurse in Edinburgh.
Nourish Our Nurses shared a series of snaps alongside a caption which read: ‘It was a pleasure to welcome back HRH The Countess of Wessex on Tuesday to help volunteer with Nourish Our Nurses’ (pictured)
The royal, who wore her blonde hair loose and tucked behind her ears, donned a cable knit beige jumper and floral patterned face mask. Pictured, with the volunteers
During the bombshell interview, Harry accused an unnamed member of his family of racism and said the lack of support he and his wife received from the other royals was behind their decision to quit the UK
‘Seeing the panic buying and empty supermarket shelves really got me thinking about our frontline NHS heroes,’ Ms Airikkala previously said.
‘Those working flat out to care for patients deserve to be looked after and provided with the ingredients for a healthy, hearty meal.’
Yesterday, an impassioned Prince William publicly hit back against Harry and Meghan’s racism claims, insisting, ‘We’re very much not a racist family’.
The Duke of Cambridge was the first royal to personally respond to the allegation during his first royal engagement since the Oprah interview, as he also revealed that he has not spoken to his brother since it came out, but added that he ‘will do’.
The main bombshells from the Oprah interview
– Meghan’s mental health
The Duchess of Sussex revealed she had suicidal thoughts and said: ‘I just didn’t want to be alive any more.’
She said she begged for help, and asked to go somewhere to get help, and approached one of the most senior people in the institution, but was told it would not look good.
The duchess said: ‘I said that I needed to go somewhere to get help. I said that I’ve never felt this way before and I need to go somewhere. And I was told that I couldn’t, that it wouldn’t be good for the institution.’
– Baby Sussex is a girl
Harry and Meghan revealed they are expecting a baby girl.
The duke joined his wife in the second half of the interview, and told the chat show host: ‘It’s a girl.’
He said his first thought was ‘amazing’ when he discovered they were having a girl, adding: ‘Just grateful. To have any child, any one or any two, would have been amazing.
‘But to have a boy and then a girl, I mean what more can you ask for? Now we’ve got our family, we got the four of us and our two dogs.’
Asked if they were ‘done’ with two children, Harry said ‘done’ and Meghan said: ‘Two is it.’
She also confirmed the baby is due in the ‘summertime’.
– Royal family accused of racism
Meghan said, when she was pregnant with Archie, an unnamed member of the royal family raised ‘concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born’.
Asked whether there were concerns that her child would be ‘too brown’ and that would be a problem, Meghan said: ‘If that is the assumption you are making, that is a pretty safe one.’
Pushed by Winfrey on who had those conversations, Meghan refused to say, adding: ‘I think that would be very damaging to them.’
She added: ‘That was relayed to me from Harry, those were conversations the family had with him, and I think it was really hard to be able to see those as compartmentalised conversations.’
– Archie’s title
Meghan suggested she and Harry wanted Archie to be a prince so he would have security and be protected.
The duchess expressed her shock at ‘the idea of our son not being safe’, and the idea of the first member of colour in this family, not being titled in the same way as other grandchildren.
Archie, who is seventh in line to the throne, is not entitled to be an HRH or a prince due to rules set out more than 100 years ago by King George V.
He will be entitled to be an HRH or a prince when the Prince of Wales accedes to the throne.
As the first born son of a duke, Archie could have become Earl of Dumbarton – one of Harry’s subsidiary titles – or have been Lord Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, instead at the time of his birth, a royal source said Harry and Meghan had decided he should a regular Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
– The Prince of Wales
The Duke of Sussex said his father the Prince of Wales stopped taking his calls while Harry and Meghan were in Canada ‘because I took matters into my own hands. I needed to do this for my family’.
He said Charles wanted him to put his plans in writing.
– The Queen
Harry denied that he had ‘blindsided’ his grandmother Queen with the bombshell statement about stepping down as senior royal.
The duke said he believed the report probably could have come from ‘within the institution’.
– The Duchess of Cambridge
Meghan said Kate made her cry ahead of her wedding.
Reports circulated ahead of the Sussexes’ nuptials that Meghan left Kate in tears at Princess Charlotte’s bridesmaid dress fitting.
But Meghan told Winfrey the ‘reverse happened’.
Meghan said she was not sharing the information to be ‘disparaging’, but added it was ‘really important for people to understand the truth’.
‘She’s a good person,’ the duchess added.
It was also the first engagement for Kate since she was accused by Meghan of making her cry in the bombshell tell-all chat. Previously, it was believed it was Meghan who had made Kate cry during a row over bridesmaids’ dresses.
During the Oprah interview, Meghan also revealed details about their strained relationship, saying of pictures of them laughing at Wimbledon, ‘Nothing is what it looks like’, and said Kate being called ‘waity Katie’ in the press couldn’t compare to the alleged racism she faced.
Meanwhile, Harry revealed how he was ‘on different paths’ to William and spoke about his brother was ‘trapped’ in the Royal Family.
The Queen broke her silence on the interview on Tuesday, voicing her ‘concern’ over the issues raised, ‘particularly that of race’, although the statement added that ‘some recollections may vary’.
During the broadcast, Prince Harry also hinted at the extent of the alleged rift between the two brothers, claiming that their relationship was now ‘space,’ but added he hoped time would be a healer.
He also claimed he was ‘on different paths’ to William and spoke about his brother was ‘trapped’ in the Royal Family.